Well if you thought that iPhone was a huge revolution in the world of mobiles (like me), then just take a look at the ANDROID. Well for those who don’t know about Android, it’s a mobile phone platform Linux operating system and developed by Open Handset Alliance and GOOGLE. Yes you read it right, it’s Google and therefore it must be BIG. It is based on open operating system so it’s a bit radical.
Well Google understands that there are more people connected to the internet via mobile phones than any other device and so, they want this market and dominate the internet on mobile. The unveiling of the Android platform in November 2007 was announced with the foundation of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 34 hardware, software and telecom companies.
Coming over to features now, well with the release of software development kit, features and specifications of Android are slowly being released. Android is adaptable to both larger, VGA, 2D graphics library, 3D graphics library based on OpenGL ES 1.0 specifications with SQLite for structured data storage. Talking about connectivity, well it supports a wide variety of connectivity technologies including GSM, Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, and Wi-Fi. SMS and MMS are available forms of messaging including threaded text messaging. Web browser available in it is based on open-source WebKit application framework. Android will support advanced audio/video/still media formats such as MPEG-4,H.264, MP3 and AAC, AMR, JPEG, PNG, GIF. Android is fully capable of utilizing video/still cameras, touch screen, GPS, compasses, accelerometers and accelerated 3D graphics.
The promise of Android is that you can have a fully customized phone with a cast of millions contributing and writing applications and improvement for it all over the world. Can it out-buzz and out-hype the iPhone? Is this the storming of the final frontier? Will we all be Androised? Well time will tell….