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PostSubject: Uses of AndroidOS   Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:45 am


While Android is designed primarily for smartphones and tablets, the
open and customizable nature of the operating system allows it to be
used on other electronics, including laptops and netbooks, smartbooks, ebook readers,and smart TVs (Google TV). Further, the OS has seen niche applications on wristwatches,headphones,car CD and DVD players,smart glasses (Project Glass), refrigerators, vehicle satnav systems, home automation systems, games consoles, mirrors,cameras, portable media players,landlines,and treadmills.The first commercially available phone to run Android was the HTC Dream, released on October 22, 2008.In early 2010 Google collaborated with HTC to launch its flagshipAndroid device, the Nexus One. This was followed later in 2010 with the Samsung-made Nexus S and in 2011 with the Galaxy Nexus.

iOS and Android 2.3.3 'Gingerbread' may be set up to dual boot on a jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch with the help of OpeniBoot and iDroid.In December 2011 it was announced the Pentagon has officially approved Android for use by its personnel.


Applications are usually developed in the Java language using the Android Software Development Kit, but other development tools are available, including a Native Development Kit for applications or extensions in C or C++, Google App Inventor, a visual environment for novice programmers and various cross platform mobile web applications frameworks.

Applications can be acquired by end-users either through a store such as Google Play or the Amazon Appstore, or by downloading and installing the application's APK file from a third-party site.

Google Play
is an online software store developed by Google for Android devices. An
application program ("app") called "Play Store" is preinstalled on most
Android devices and allows users to browse and download apps published
by third-party developers, hosted on Google Play. As of June 2012, there
were more than 600,000 apps available for Android, and the estimated
number of applications downloaded from the Play Store exceeded 20
billion. The operating system itself is installed on 400 million total devices.Only devices that comply with Google's compatibility requirements are allowed to preinstall and access the Play Store.

The app filters the list of available applications to those that are
compatible with the user's device, and developers may restrict their
applications to particular carriers or countries for business reasons.Google offers many free applications in the Play Store including Google Voice, Google Goggles, Gesture Search, Google Translate, Google Shopper, Listen and My Tracks. In August 2010, Google launched "Voice Actions for Android",which allows users to search, write messages, and initiate calls by voice.

So the real question is what can't you do on Android

Last edited by MarkoNinic1994 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:48 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Wanted to add as announcment)
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