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What is Android?

By February 4, 2014July 21st, 2014Cloud Computing



What is Android?

Android started in 2003, led by Andy Rubin. At the start it was just a few programmers who were coding in secret. As time went on these programmers got into some financial trouble. In 2005 Google bought Android, the original developers stayed on with Google and continued to work on Android to shape and form it as it is today.


“What is Android?” “Why should I get an Android phone?” These are some of the questions people ask.


The reason to get an Android phone is up to the user. However some of the more popular reasons are, to get away from Apples products and to try something new.


The key aspect with Android is its openness. The ability to choose different types of phones, with different specifications of different price points, from different companies. Some users may hate Sony’s configuration of Android and would prefer the stock, untouched Android as seen on the Nexus 5.


The problem with some other phones is the fact that they are too locked down. Take an iPhone for example. iPhones depend on the iTunes application. Without the use of third party applications, you have no other way to send music and videos to your iPhone, from your computer.


Some Android phones however do come with such management applications, but they generally aren’t used, as all Android phones behave like a memory card, when attached to a computer. All the user has to do is drag and drop the content they wish to transfer. Also, unlike iPhone, the phone isn’t locked to one iTunes on one computer.


The Google Play store, which is equivalent of the App Store, is loaded with free and paid content to tailor the phone to the users needs.


The current popular Android phones now are Nexus 5, HTC One, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4.


Should you want to try an Android powered phone or want some more information, feel free to contact Group 4 Networks.