Android phones are the newest breed of phones to make a splash in the
mobile phone retail market. These devices are based on the Linux
operating system and are popularly referred to as 'smart phones.' The
android mobile application was first developed by the open handset
alliance and later headed by Google. This mobile technology first came
into prominence in 2005 after Google purchased the first software
developer, Android Inc. The android application was primarily developed
on the java platform and in 2012 alone there have been more than 450,000
applications. Soon after the development of this smart phone platform it
gained worldwide recognition and acclaim.
The Android, Inc was first founded and developed by Andy Rubin of Google
in Palo Alto, California, United States in the year October 2003. Ever
since it's inception there has been a lot of up gradation and
modification on the existing android version. The latest released
versions of android are 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.0 Honeycomb, 3.1 Honeycomb,
3.2 Honeycomb, 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. The 2.3 Gingerbread version uses a
refined user interface, with soft key facility, and native code support
along with support for Near Field Communication. 3.0 Honeycomb was
further developed for tablet phones which are made for supporting phone
devices with large screens and new features related to user interface.
It also allows multi-core processors, full encryption facility,
acceleration for hardware and graphics. This version of android was first
seen in Motorola Xoom tablet which was released into the market in
February 2011. 3.1 Honeycomb was the next version released for android
mobiles in May, 2011. It was designed with better features which allowed
extra input support devices, USB host for transferring facility from
camera or devices along with applications like Google Movies and Books
apps. 3.2 Honeycomb android mobile phones version was the next upgraded
platform released in July 2011.
It added on the new screen feature "zoom-to-fill" and allowed the
facility of loading media files directly from SD card. It also had
extended screen support API and was first launched in Huawei MediaPad
which is a tablet phone. Among all of these, the most up-to-date and
recent version used in android phones is 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It was
first launched on October19, 2011 with added-on features like face
detection, monitoring the data usage on the network, social networking,
app folder, offline mail search and various other such features.
The features and specifications that come along with android mobiles are
those related to handset layout, storage, connectivity, messaging,
multiple language facility and web browser. Other such notable features
are java support, media support, streaming media support, additional
hardware support, multi-touch, bluetooth, video calling, tethering,
screen capture and storage. Android phones are built with almost all the
features that one could ask for. The prices of these phones are dependent
on the extra features and facilities in-built in the handset. The more
advanced the features the greater the price. So what are waiting for?
Choose your pick from the amazing range of android mobile phones on offer
and stay ahead of your times.