In this article, we shall seek to understand why Android is the Best OS for smartphones, or is it? The Android system is driven by open source software, based on Linux, and makes it possible for custom screens and creativity to be created in huge quantities. Icon operated screens enable you to put your most preferred icons anywhere you'd prefer them to be. Android was designed to be the open source,easily customized, iPhone killer. The system is very much the same in appearance when compared to the iPhone but the internal operations are quite distinct.
Why Android is Ahead in The Market
Requirements for the Android system hardware are virtually nonexistent due to its open source base. There are Android phones ranging in price from $100 to $800+ based on the hardware they are made from. This is due to the system being extremely adaptable from beginning conception to fit all shapes and sizes. If you want a better phone you have to pay for it. If cost is a larger factor, you may have a smartphone at an amazingly low cost. The fact that Android is easily available has catapulted Android to the forefront thus challenging the iPhone directly to be the supreme smartphone globally.
Major Features of Android
The system is multi core processing enabled, 32 GB removable storage, 1080 screen resolution, full multi tasking, mobile Flash,thermometers, GPS, barometers, Chrome browser, multi touch screens, accelerometers, gyroscopes, , magnetometers, and so forth. The Android system is highly prized by techs due its extreme functionality. Android has many branding contracts. As an example most will refer to all Androids as Droids however the Droid is actually a brand of Motorola Android phone. Android has a very fast growing app store with over 500,000 apps and growing rapidly.
Down Side of Android
On the down side open source and a fast growing app store can lead to malware and security problems as well as system fragmentation issues. In 2011, there was a high rate of mobile malware attacks, with Android up a "stratospheric 3,325 percent", according to a report by the Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center.
One may reasonably protect themselves by installing protection against malware on their phone and being care full not to download apps that are unknown. Only do so if you know the app publisher's name for instance Google (Android), Pop Cap (Plants Vs Zombies), Rovio (Angry Birds) and and wait until there are a few legitimate positive reviews about the app. Android should be protected with the same care as you would your PC. The system fragmentation issue is caused by so many hardware configurations being capable of running Android but so many apps being created for low to high end specifications. As a general rule, Android developers try for a rough 80% compatibility rate.
The Android system has the support of the Open Handset Alliance and Google is most predominant. A great part of Android Systems and apps pricing is influenced by advertisement subsidies. No one advertises better than Google and it shows in the lowering of prices. Android is the only mobile phone operating system that includes Adobe Flash in the browser enabling more internet than any other cell phone. Adobe has however stopped its mobile Flash program due to complications to concentrate on HTML5.
What Versions of Android Are Available?
The Android system has 7 versions. Currently, Ice Cream, Sandwich, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Froyo are the best known versions. Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest version and Jellybean will be the next. These all differ in functionality and security. Always check to make sure which version you have and if you can update as the next generation may solve any user problems you may have with your current version. This flexibility factor among many others is why android is the best OS for smart phones, or is it?