An entry level Android user guide

An entry level Android user guide

Things change fast in the world of mobile technology and there’s no better example than Google’s Android operating system. As the number of users is increasing day by day, facilities are also increasing.  In the period of three and a half years, Android has evolved from a rough and limited newcomer into a sleek and polished platform that dominates the smartphone market.

What is Android

One of the most widely used mobile OS these days is ANDROID. Android is a software bunch comprised of not only operating system but also middleware and key applications. After the original release of Android, there have been number of updates in them.


Features & Specifications

Android is a powerful Operating System supporting a large number of applications in Smart Phones. Hardwares supporting Android are mainly based on ARM architecture platform. Android comes with an Android market which is an online software store. It was developed by Google. It allows Android users to select, and download applications developed by third party developers and use them. There are around 2.0 lack+ games, application and widgets available on the market for users.



These are the basics of Android applications:

•      Android applications are composed of one or more application components (activities, services, content providers, and broadcast receivers)

•      Each component performs a different role in the overall application behavior, and each one can be activated individually (even by other applications)

•      The patent file must declare all components in the application and should also declare all application requirements, such as the minimum version of Android required and any hardware configurations required

•      Non-code application resources (images, strings, layout files, etc.) should include alternatives for different device configurations (such as different strings for different languages)


Version No. Name For:
1.0 Android Beta Phone
1.1 Android Phone
1.5 Cupcake Phone
1.6 Donut Phone
2.0/2.1 Eclair Phone
2.2.x Froyo Phone
2.3.x Gingerbread Phone
3.x Honeycomb Tablet
4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich Phone and Tablet
4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean Phone and Tablet


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