WikiNow lets you discover the news you care about, follow the topics that matter to you and share your favourite stories with your friends.

© WikiNow

Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018 - Android Police

I've become disconnected in a way I haven't felt since before I started using smartphones. The first Android device wasn't without its shortcomings in 2008 even if its brand new, open-source operating system whispered of future potential. Now in 2018 ...

Market Insights: iOS 12 Gave Apple A Massive Ecosystem Advantage - Irish Tech News

Many of these devices are running forks or customized versions of Android with proprietary skins requiring the handset maker to develop and test their bespoke flavor of the Android operating system and skins across their portfolio of new and old ...

Future of Mobile Advertising - How EasyVisual Launched Mobile App for Brands Promotion - Canada NewsWire (press release)

BannersApp is a mobile Android-based application that is activated every time a user unlocks a phone. Android operating system currently takes the leading and more profitable position in the market rather than iOS. The app is already available for ...

Five major features your Android phone sorely needs - CNET

Fragmentation, when phone owners use older versions of the operating system, is Android's enemy because it means not all users can access the latest new features. Fragmentation introduces inconsistency in the Android experience, and delays some ...

Android celebrates 10 years of market dominance - Tech Advisor

Android has grown from strength to strength over the past decade with multiple updates and releases on dozens of phones turning it into the most used smartphone operating system in the world. Find out everything you need to know about the Android ...

List of phones getting the Android 9.0 Pie update - Naija Android Arena (blog)

Huawei, as always, is working on bringing the Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI operating system for their smartphones. The company has recently rolled out its Android Pie based EMUI 9 beta version for limited devices. List of Huawei phones getting Android 9 ...

Wireless Stereo Headphones Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2017-2024 - ZMR News Journal (press release) (blog)

In addition to that, the user operating systems have largely impacted the growth, particularly the Android operating system. Android compatible wireless headphones are relatively cheaper, as compared to the iOS compatible wireless stereo headphone.

Android turns 10: Tracing the growth of world's most popular mobile OS - The News Minute

Android was founded in 2004 by a tech entrepreneur Andy Rubin, along with Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. Originally, Android was developed as an operating system for digital cameras and eventually look at handsets. One year later, Google ...

Alliance Vehicles to Run Google's Android OS | WardsAuto - Ward's Auto

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance turns to Google for its next-generation intelligent infotainment systems.

Android is now 10 years old: A brief history of the operating system that now powers 88 percent of the world's ... - Digit

The Android OS has turned 10 and as per a Statista report, it now powers over 88 percent of all smartphones that exist today. The stat doesn't come as a surprise considering that Android is an open source and one of the most versatile operating systems ...

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google Join Forces on Next-Generation Infotainment - Al-Bawaba

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google today announced a technology partnership to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by the world's leading automotive alliance, providing intelligent infotainment and customer focused-applications across ...

Samsung J2 Core Review: An Android One Based Smartphone Experience On a Budget - News18

Samsung has joined in on the Google Android Go party, with the Galaxy J2 Core (SM-J260) in India. The smartphone runs Google's lightweight Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) operating system, which is a stripped down version of Android Oreo. To make it ...

MIUI 10 [stable] based on Android 8.1 Oreo now available for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 - Gizbot

All-new UI is tailored for full screen devices and lets the content take the front stage. You won't get tired of natural and ever-changing sounds of the new MIUI. We simplified system sounds and applied smart filters, so you'll hear something only when ...

Smartwatches Market – Up-to-date Analysis of Industry Trends and Technological Improvements - CMFE News (press release) (blog)

Companies manufacturing smartwatches are customizing their operating systems for use in wearable devices. For instance, Google, Inc. has launched Android Wear, a customized version of the Android OS for use in wearable devices. Most hardware ...

Android Completes 10 Years of Existence in World of Technology - NorthEast Today

Launched as a rival to Apple's iPhone, the Google's Smartphone made its advent with its own operating system-Android and made itself the latest talked about technology. Android saw its birth in Google G1 mobile phone, which also made a style statement ...

Nokia 6.1 Plus Review: Nokia's Foray Into The Notched Smartphone Era - MySmartPrice Gear

This results in the Nokia 6.1 Plus offering a clean and bloatware-free Android 8.1 Oreo OS running out-of-the-box. Using stock Android on this device is certainly an enjoyable experience. If you are accustomed to using heavily modified Operating ...

Android turns 10: Remembering the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream - Myjoyonline.com

Ten years ago today, the mobile operating system we all know as Android was finally introduced to the market. Of course, an OS is nothing without hardware to back it up, and today marks the debut of the first ever Android phone, the HTC Dream a.k.a ...

Renault Nissan to use Android system in its dashboards | Philippine ... - Philippine Canadian Inquirer

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google's Android operating system.

Android Auto Coming To Toyota Cars, Announcement Expected Soon - GaadiWaadi.com (blog)

In a bid to reduce distraction, Apple and Google introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for their respective operating systems, which connect with car infotainment systems and they only allow few important functions to be performed while driving.

Android versions and their names: Here's how Google has named all the Android versions - Times Now

Android has become one of the most popular smartphone operating systems in the world and while out of all the smartphone users worldwide, 88 per cent are using Android OS, Google's operating system has just turned 10. In this decade-long journey, ...

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android's user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input. In addition to touchscreen devices, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles, digital cameras, and other electronics.

Android
Android robot 2014.svg
Android logo (2014).svg
Android 7.0-en.png
Android 7.0 Nougat (with some Google apps)
Developer
Written in Java (UI), C (core), C++
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source and in most devices with proprietary components
Initial release September 23, 2008; 8 years ago (2008-09-23)
Latest release 7.1.1 "Nougat" / December 5, 2016; 27 days ago (2016-12-05)
Marketing target Smartphones, tablet computers, Android TV, Android Auto and Android Wear
Available in 100+ languages
Package manager APK
Platforms 32- and 64-bit ARM, x86, MIPS and MIPS64
Kernel type Monolithic
Userland Bionic libc, mksh shell, Toybox as core utilities beginning with Android 6.0, previously native core utilities with a few from NetBSD
Default user interface Graphical (multi-touch)
License Apache License 2.0
GNU GPL v2 for the Linux kernel modifications
Official website android.com

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android's user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input. In addition to touchscreen devices, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles, digital cameras, and other electronics.

Android has the largest installed base of all operating systems (OS) of any kind. Android has been the best selling OS on tablets since 2013, and on smartphones it is dominant by any metric.

Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance – a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. As of July 2013, the Google Play store has had over one million Android applications ("apps") published – including many "business-class apps" that rival competing mobile platforms – and over 50 billion applications downloaded. An April–May 2013 survey of mobile application developers found that 71% of developers create applications for Android, and a 2015 survey found that 40% of full-time professional developers see Android as their priority target platform, which is comparable to Apple's iOS on 37% with both platforms far above others. In September 2015, Android had 1.4 billion monthly active devices.

Android's source code is released by Google under open source licenses, although most Android devices ultimately ship with a combination of open source and proprietary software, including proprietary software required for accessing Google services. Android is popular with technology companies that require a ready-made, low-cost and customizable operating system for high-tech devices. Its open nature has encouraged a large community of developers and enthusiasts to use the open-source code as a foundation for community-driven projects, which deliver updates to older devices, add new features for advanced users or bring Android to devices originally shipped with other operating systems. The success of Android has made it a target for patent (and copyright) litigation as part of the so-called "smartphone wars" between technology companies.