Android OS: The Complete Beginner's Guide To The Android Operating System

Android OS: The Complete Beginner’s Guide To The Android Operating System

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What Is Android OS?

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel, and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Initially developed by Android Inc., which Google bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007, along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance: a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. In 2008, the first Android phone was released. Since then, Android has become the most used mobile operating system in the world.

Android OS: The Complete Beginner's Guide To The Android Operating System
Android OS: The Complete Beginner’s Guide To The Android Operating System

Android OS Architecture

Android is an open-source operating system developed by Google. It is used in mobile phones, tablets, and other devices. The Android operating system is based on Linux and uses the Dalvik virtual machine to run applications written in Java or other JVM languages.

The Android operating system consists of the Linux Kernel, Libraries, and Framework. The Linux kernel provides core functionality for the Android operating system, such as memory management, process scheduling, and power management. Libraries are programs that provide additional features for the operating system, such as graphics or networking support. The Android framework provides an event-driven application programming interface (API) that allows developers to create applications for the platform.

What Are Android OS Versions?

Code name Version numbers API level Release date
No codename 1 1 23-Sep-08
No codename 1.1 2 9-Feb-09
Cupcake 1.5 3 27-Apr-09
Donut 1.6 4 15-Sep-09
Eclair 2.0 – 2.1 5-7 26-Oct-09
Froyo 2.2 – 2.2.3 8 20-May-10
Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7 9-10 6-Dec-10
Honeycomb 3.0 – 3.2.6 11-13 22-Feb-11
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 – 4.0.4 14 – 15 18-Oct-11
Jelly Bean 4.1 – 4.3.1 16 – 18 9-Jul-12
KitKat 4.4 – 4.4.4 19 – 20 31-Oct-13
Lollipop 5.0 – 5.1.1 21- 22 12-Nov-14
Marshmallow 6.0 – 6.0.1 23 5-Oct-15
Nougat 7 24 22-Aug-16
Nougat 7.1.0 – 7.1.2 25 4-Oct-16
Oreo 8 26 21-Aug-17
Oreo 8.1 27 5-Dec-17
Pie 9 28 6-Aug-18
Android 10 10 29 3-Sep-19
Android 11 11 30 8-Sep-20
Android OS Versions
Android OS Versions

The future of Android

Android is a huge platform that has been growing at a rapid pace. It’s already the most popular operating system in the world, and it looks like it’ll be that way for some time.

There are many reasons for Android’s popularity. Android devices are usually very affordable, they’re customizable (you can pretty much change every aspect of them), and many apps are available for them.

Because Android is so popular, some people think it will eventually take over iOS as the dominant mobile operating system. However, that does not seem likely. While Android has a lot going for it, there are still several drawbacks that could prevent it from overtaking iOS as the dominant operating system—at least not anytime soon.

Future of Android Development
Future of Android Development

Compare Android OS with iOS.

Android OS and iOS are the two most popular mobile operating systems today. They’re both based on Unix and share many of the same features, but they have some key differences.

Android is an open-source operating system, so anyone can access the source code and modify it to suit their needs. This means that there are thousands of different Android versions available to users. A third-party developer creates each version—the official Android version comes from Google.

iOS, on the other hand, is a closed-source operating system made by Apple. That means that only Apple can modify its code or add new features or capabilities to it without making it available to everyone who uses iOS devices (and paying them a licensing fee).