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Daily we see news, apps, updates, new roms and a huge amount of information about this great OS, Android.
As the days go, updates (talking about the OS versions in general) that has Android are growing and the functions van brings doing this most popular OS worldwide and greatly increasing the number of users who use it, a lot of information that is handled on each new update of Android but how much do we know about the origins of this OS?
It may seem that Android is just a baby learning to walk (in reference to the time taken in the market) but has more time than we had thought. Before 2005 there was a company called Android Inc. developed the Android OS, this year was that Google bought the company (yes sir, Android was not direct idea of Google = S) and named it as we all know Google Android.
were made multiple tests in 2008 and 2009, until April 30 of 2009 brought to light Android 1.5 (Cupcake), from that date the scale of Android has been immense, exposing a lot of " editions "of the OS, which will explain later.
The different facets of Android
With that in different facets, I mean the different versions that have been developed for Android, each substantially exceeding its predecessor and now we are amazed with the features that come with the legendary Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Android 1.5 CupCake
He saw the light for the first time April 30, 2009, brought several interesting features that caught the attention of consumers, the most interesting of this version was:
A market in which to find any type of application (ie the Android Market , Press)
animated transitions between screens, new widgets for the home screen include
a new and different keyboard with predictive text
The curious and interesting ability to upload videos and images to YouTube and Picasa from phone.
Android 1.6 Donut
A few months later (September 15, 2009), the Android 1.6 was released and had the following improvements:
- An improved interface for the camera, camcorder and gallery
- Can choose different photos to delete them (within the gallery of course)
- Voice Search updated
- Support for CDMA / EDVO, 802.1x (WiFi, hard?) VPN
Android 2.0/2.1 Eclair
Now we get a little more current and on 26 October 2009 released this new version (2.0) and the January 12, 2010 released the SDK 2.1, and shows:
- Optimized hardware speed
- Changing the user interface
- New browser interface and support for HTML5
- Support for camera flash, camera zoom
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Entering LiveWallpapers
Android 2.2 Froyo (Frozen Yogurt)
May 20, 2010, the day of the birth of this version (very used by us users), we see that we like so much:
- Optimized overall android system (memory and performance)
- Improved application speed
- Ability to disable the data traffic
- Market Update with automatic updates (pun intended)
- Support for numeric and alphanumeric passwords
- Ability to pass our applications to the SD card
- Support for Adobe Flash 10.1
- Best quality graphics (eg 4 "720p)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
It was one of the best moves that may have had Android since it is the version used in the world and we love you all, these are the main features:
- Redesigned user interface (excellent if you ask me)
- Integrated audio effects (EQ)
- Soporte native but sensors (gyroscope, barometer)
- Download Manager
- Improved power management and application control through task manager
- Enhanced support for native code development
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
This is the newest version for our beloved system, although only available for high-end (which inevitably separates those held like me T_T), these are the impressive features:
- Clean and modern interface with a new font called "Roboto"
- Comes hardware acceleration, dramatically increasing its speed
- Improved multitasking. Adding the ability to complete a task simply moving it off the list.
- Widgets are in a new tab, listed in a similar list to applications in the main menu.
- The spelling of text has been redesigned and improved, offering the option of playing in a word for us to see a list of editing options and suggestions of similar words.
- Notifications have ruled out the possibility that there are important and also deploy the notification bar with the device locked.
- The screenshot, just by pressing the volume down button and the power button.
- The camera app has been a good facelift, with new features such as the ability to make panoramic photos automatically.
- Android Beam is a new feature that will allow us to share content between phones. Via NFC (Near Field Communication)
- Speech Recognition
- Face Recognition (umm interesting)
- Folders are much easier to create, with a drag and drop style
- Native support for using Stylus
In short ...
Summing up, basically android programmers have managed to give the public what they want, the ability to customize their phones extremely (and many free apps xD), plus you can do it very easily.
If you have an Android and read these letters I recommend 100% to try any smartphone with this OS (and if you're broke, run away to find the Ice Cream Sandwich!) that just try it, you will not want to change it for any other OS. Until then readers, I wish you a pleasant experience and relationship with Android = D
PS: If you realize you missed the version 3.0 Honeycomb, which is only available for tablets, not the place for me to focus on versions for smartphones ...
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