What is Android? How it so helpful ?
Android is an open source and Linux based operating system which is mainly designed for mobile devices like smartphones, tablets etc. In simple words, Linux is an operating system which is used in server and desktop computers, Android is a version of this operating system which has been specially modified and designed for mobile phones.
The function of Android operating system in a phone is the same as that of any operating system in a computer. It runs all the functions and applications of the phone. Whatever we see on the phone display is possible only because of the operating system. Like calling someone, writing a message, reading email or playing a game, all these are processed by the operating system and we are able to see them in readable format.
Features of Android OS :
Although there are many features of Android OS, but here I am going to tell you about those 7 amazing features which make it different from other operating systems.
Infrared Transmission : The Android operating system supports a built-in infrared transmitter. With its help, you can use your phone or tablet as a remote control.
Alternative Keyboards : Android supports different keyboards and makes them easy to install. Here apps like Swiftkey, Swype and 8pen provide the facility to change the keyboard style easily. Whereas other operating systems do not allow you to change the keyboard style or the installation process is very difficult and time consuming.
No-Touch Control : By using an Android app like Wave Control, you can use your phone without touching it, using only gestures.
If your hands are dirty and you want to turn off the screen or change the song, you can do all this easily without touching the phone. This can prove to be very helpful while driving, so that you can keep your eyes on the road.
Automation : Using Tasker app, you can not only control app permissions but also automate them. Such as decrease in screen brightness in the evening, increase in ringer volume depending on the location as soon as you reach office, starting music through voice command, etc.
Storage and Battery Swap : Android phones also have unique hardware capabilities. The Android OS makes it possible to replace or upgrade the battery in your phone. Apart from this, Android phones come with SD card slots with the help of which the storage can be increased.
Widgets : Although apps are flexible, but sometimes we need data immediately, where we cannot wait for the app to completely open and load. In such a situation, widgets play a great role. These show you weather and music apps on the screen, as well as remind you through notifications for upcoming meetings or deadlines.
Custom ROMs : Android OS is an open source. In this, apart from OEMs, other developers can modify the current OS and develop their own versions, which users can download and install in place of the stock OS. With their use the look and texture of the device changes. If you want any special feature in your device then you can get it in custom ROM.
Different Versions of Android and their Features :
Now we will know about all the versions of Android OS. Android was developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. Android OS was divided into many versions and they were given different numbers according to features, operation and stability. Android released its first version ‘Beta’ in 2007.
Every Android version released is given a special code name. Here you will see an interesting thing that the code name given by Android to its versions is always in alphabetical order, like Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread etc. All these names have been named after desserts. In the list given below, you can read about the names and features of all the Android versions from the beginning till now.
- Android 1.0
- Android 1.1
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.0 Eclair
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- Android 9 Pie
- Android 10
- Android 11