During my experiences working on both sides of the fences “Android” and “iOS”. First off, let me point out that Android and iOS are both amazing mobile platforms. For the most part, people feel one outmaneuvers the other. The way I view it at the end of the day it boils down to preferences.
In this segment, I would like to talk about “Understanding Android Platform”. With all the trends that are going on, Android is officially the fastest growing smartphone platform in the world. Approximately 1.3 million new devices being activated every day and an astonishing 1 million apps available on the Google Play Store, in over 30 different categories.
I would like to start with the foundation and the current of the Android platform. Here are the list where it all begin with the accumulation of the different versions has been developed throughout the years. We decide to take a look at each update and let us begin the journey.
Released February 2009 known as Version 1.1
- Few improvements, but not much step forward.
- Yeah! Google maps: added much support.
Users are now able to view details and reviews of businesses.
- Dialer: the ability to show and hide the dial pad.
- I really dig this one, allows attachments to be saved!
Released April 2009 known as Version 1.5 – better known as (Cupcake).
- Some great leaps in terms of usability and performances. In particular to the introduction of widgets. With this improvement, Android now begin to look more like the OS we knew and loved in the year 2011.
Noteworthy: I’m just going down the list nothing too fancy.
- Virtual keyboard
- Widgets – This allows to be more easily accessed from the HOME screen.
- Camera – this has been update. Added fully video support.
- Yeah! Bluetooth update – stereo support added along with Auto pairing of devices.
- Another yeah! Browser update – Copy and Paste added.
- Contacts – this feature allows users to add contact pictures to FAVORITES.
- Awesome! Dialer update – adds date and time stamp in call log and one-touch access to contact card.
- My favorite, Upload to YOUTUBE – Users can practically upload videos directly to YOUTUBE.
- If you enjoy PICASA here’s an update – Users can upload pictures directly to PICASA.
Released September 2009 known as Version 1.6 – Believe it or not it is known as (Donut).
- Known as the Donut, It is all about improving what was already there, rather than adding new features. As follows: Updates to the camera, Android market, and display support all assisted to make the Android package look and feel smarter.
- Search update: Both voice search and text search has been improved to include bookmarks and history.
- Text to speech: this allows multilingual speech engine on any app the option to speak selected text. NICE!
- Camera update: allows for quicker camera and camcorder access.
- If you’re into Android Market – This update allow an easier searching, addition of app screenshots.
- System update – Updated technology support for CDMA/EVDO, 802.1X, VPNS, and a text-to-speech engine.
- I really want this feature to improve – Display – Added support to WVGA screen resolution.
- Turn by turn navigation
Released October 2009 known as Version 1.6 – You got to love this name, known as (Éclair).
- This actually where things started to get a lot more refined and impressive. The introduction of “LIVE WALLPAPERS” meaning (futuristic HD graphics and silky smooth physics. This app is fully phone and tablet compatible) did little for a handset’s battery life, but they certainly looked awesome! Almost all of the key components (camera, browser, messaging, display, Bluetooth, etc.) got themselves a fairly good updates.
- Sync update: Multiple accounts can be added to a device for email and contact synchronization.
This is an awesome update, which I use frequently.
- Email update: good news for users running Exchange support, combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page.
- Bluetooth: 2.1 support
- Contacts update: This is very cool, users can tap a contact photo and select to call, SMS or even email.
- Messaging update: Capability to search all saved SMS and MMS messages. Auto delete at defined limit.
- Camera update: Added support for flash, Digital zoom, Scene mode! Not that you really care, White balance and Macro focus meaning “Enabling the Lens to Focus Closer then The Normal Focusing Distance from Close-Up Shooting”.
- Let’s get down to Virtual Keyboard! Improved typing speed and a smarter dictionary which learns from the word usage.
- I diffidently dig this update since I’m an advocate of the internet! Browser update: Refreshed UI, Bookmark thumbnails, Double-tap zoom and support for HTML5 meaning: design to deliver rich content without the need for additional plugins.
- I could never get enough of display! Support for more screen sizes and resolutions, better contrast ratio.
- I use this frequently, Maps: Improved to Google Maps ver. 3.1.2
Released May 2010 known as Version 2.2 – I never actually heard of this platform, until I dig up, research and better known as (Froyo) meaning: concatenated from “frozen yogurt”, so it is slightly more sour, but also lower in fat.
- This segment – Froyo is more focus on speeding things up and smoothing them out. That being said, better memory, optimization, and an improved app launcher helped to make users experiences of the OS even slicker.
- This has to make you smile it is the System update: Overall speed, memory and performance optimized. Apps: application speed improved with the addition of JIT support – meaning: Just in Time compiler. It compiles byte code into native machine code at run time. Essentially it takes the code for an app, analyzes it and converts it into something that runs faster. It does all this while the application is running and that’s where the “just in time” tag comes from. The JIT compiler designed for Android also can do this with very short “warm up” time meaning it doesn’t take very long to analyze the code before it starts working. If all this sounds like Greek to you, that’s OK. To the end user (That’s you and me) all we should see is better performance in most of our applications. That is good news!
- Browser update: Integration of the V8 java script engine meaning: Google’s open source, high performance Java Script engine it is written in C++. Handles memory allocation for objects and garbage collects objects it no longer needs. Let’s just have the developer take care of this section. Sounds good to me!
- This is what I have been waiting for but not quite there yet (lagging needs improvement)– USB tethering and WI-FI hotspot support added.
- Android Market update: Added batch and auto update for installed apps in which you will notice on today’s devices.
- Voice Dialing over Bluetooth
- Support for numeric and alphanumeric passwords.
- Support for Adobe Flash, YES !
- High DPI Support: Allows for screens such as 4″ 720p
I will continue to break it down on my next post in Section 2.