What is an Android Phone?

Android is an operating system that some of the new phones are coming out with. If you are not sure about whether or not this would appeal to you or what it is – then read this article to learn a bit about it.

The Android operating system is a Google owned system. The system itself was built around and based on a an altered version of the Lynex Kernel. This Android system was built be a collaboration between Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance.  There is a group of people called the Android Open Source Project and they have been given the task of developing the Android program further as well as maintaining it.

In 2010 Android took over from Nokia’s Symbian operating system to become the world’s best -selling smartphone platform.

The Android group have built up a large resource of applications that can be downloaded and added to your phone, functioning specifically with the Android software on your phone. These “Apps” are very popular and can be anything from games, work accessories like calendars, scientific calculators, fun application, navigation, star gazing applications, entertainment…basically almost anything you can think of that you would want on your phone can most likely be found in the form of an Android App or is being made into one very soon! At the moment there are over 200,000 different apps available with that number steadily growing.

Android Apps are not the only apps that work with your android phone. Any application that runs with a JAVA base can be downloaded and used on your phone.

The Android system is made up of the following various applications:

Storage is a small program called SQLite that takes up minimal space on your phone and allows you to store large amounts of DATA.

Messaging is operated using the Android Cloud application and SMS and MMS as standard forms of messaging.

Connection supported includes:  EDGE / GMS , Wi-Fi, LTE, IDEN, CDMA, UMTS, EV – DO, Bluetooth and  WiMax.

Scoring an amazing 93% on the browsers ACID3 test – the Android phones use a browser (to surf the internet) that is built around Chrome and WebKit software, this is open source software.

In terms of video and images you can make use of the following file types on your Android Phone:
Images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Video & Music: MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, MPEG-4, WEBM, 3GP, AAC and more!





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