What is Android?

Created: Monday, December 8, 2014, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:08 am

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Learn about Android in a minute.


Android is an operating system from Google. It was primarily designed for mobile phones but has since been enhanced to work with phablets, tablets, and more devices.

In many ways, it is quite similar to iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone and Blackberry OS. There are differences too since Android is based on Linux, a free cross-platform core operating system.

The best part of the Android operating system for many users and developers is that it’s completely free. Anyone can download the source code, inspect, compile and even change it. That is probably why many of the world mobile manufacturers prefer Android as their operating system and design mobile phones according to it. Android currently stands as the top one mobile operating system in usage, applications, and market.

Google, the popular search engine company bought Android in 2005.

Android Lineup
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