Introduction to Android


5th February, 2023

What is Android?

Android is a popular Linux based open source operating system used in mobile phones, tables, smart watches and smart TVs.

  • Android Inc. was founded in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Minor, Nick Sears and Chris White.
  • Google acquired Android Inc. in 2005. and acquired its key employees.
  • The first beta version of the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) was released by Google in 2007, where as the first commercial version. Android 1.0 was released in September 2008.
  • Anyone can customize the Android platforms.
  • It is primarily used for touchscreen devices, cell phones, and tablets.
  • It is occupied approximately 71% of shares in the worldwide mobile operating system market by 2022.
  • Play Store or Google Play Store is a digital marketplace for distributing android applications. This service is developed and operated by Google.
  • Android applications are usually developed in Java and Kotlin language using the Android Software Development Kit.
  • Android Studio is the official integrated development environment (IDE) used to develop Android applications. Android Studio is based on IntelliJ IDEA.

Key Features

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Android Version

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