By: Muhammad Ahmed Abdul Ghaffar
"The world has become global village" said Rich Miner, founder of Android in his first launch of android version 1.0 "Apple Pie".
Android… a robot with a human appearance. Android is the name of mobile operating system made by Google. Android was released in September 23, 2008. It means that now it is over seven years old. It most commonly comes installed on a variety of smartphones and tablets from a host of manufacturers offering users access to Google’s own services like Search, YouTube, Maps, Gmail and more.
This means you can easily look for information on the web, watch videos, search for directions and write emails on your phone, just as you would on your computer, but there’s more to Android than these simple examples.
Android phones are highly customizable and as such can be altered to suit your tastes and needs with wallpapers, themes and launchers which completely change the look of your device's interface. You can download applications to do all sorts of things like check your Facebook and Twitter feeds, manage your bank account, order pizza and play games. You can plan events on from your phone's calendar and see them on your computer or browse websites on your desktop and pick them up on your phone.
Another neat feature of Android is that it automatically backs up your contacts for you. When you set up an Android phone you’ll need to create a Google Account or sign in with an existing one. Every time you save a number to the address book of your Android phone it will be synced to your Google Account.
The benefit of this is that if you lose your phone all of your numbers will be saved. The next time you get an Android phone (or and iPhone or Windows Phone if you prefer) and sign in with your Google Account, all of your contacts and friend's numbers will be displayed in your new phone’s address book immediately, no need to transfer or back them up anywhere else.
Syncing is a way for your phone to keep all your information; websites, contacts, calendar entries and apps up-to-date. This can happen over your phone's mobile data or WiFi connection, seamlessly, in the background.
Today we are spending lots of hours on our smart phones using applications. This is just because of Android installed on your device. If we just look through Android software, we will come to know how vast and heavy this software is.
Time by time, Android is developing new versions to make your device better. From its first version of Apple Pie 1.0 to Lollipop 5.0 it has been developing and you will definitely find performance improvements between older versions and new versions. Like if you compare Android 4.4 (KitKat) and 4.0.2 (Jellybean), you will find that Jellybean support phones with at least 1GB of RAM but with the improvements made in kitKat, phones with 512MB of RAM will work well now. This is only one improvement I mentioned but there are lots of improvements which have been developed version by version. On today's date Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is the latest version of android. It was officially released in October,2015 and now it is expected to launch in Pakistan.
iOS (iphone OS) is the world's first mobile operating system. No matter how vast android has developed but no one can take place of iOS. There are many reasons behind this but I will mention just 2 reasons that would be enough to compare iOS and Android
1) iOS updates regularly no matter what carriers they use but Android updates take months to arrive.
2) The iphone holds its value better than an android phone.
So who makes Android phones? Any handset maker is free to make an Android phone if they want to. As well as the aforementioned Motorola, HTC, Samsung and Sony, Acer, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, LG and ZTE have all made Android phones (and tablets) too. Blackberry is also set to launch its very first Android phone, the strangely-named Blackberry Priv.
Does Google make any Android phones? Although Google owns the OS (Android) they have not made any hardware on which it runs in-house. However, they have partnered with various handset manufacturers over the years to make their own-brand smartphones under the 'Nexus' name.