Booming Android Technology and Key Differentiators

Android specifically refers to a mobile based technology which is based on Linux kernel. It primarily refers to an open source operating system based technology which is developed by Google. Android being open source provides the flexibility of downloading the source code and even modifying it. This implies that the hardware manufacturers can use the base level Android code and thereafter add their own proprietary based features to execute on their devices. Such Android open source modifications are sometimes referred to as add-ons, skins or overlays. Such an overlay which is used in Samsung phones is called TouchWiz whereas those used in HTC and Motorola are called Sense UI and MotoBlur respectively. Using these skins, the different Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) can add their own cosmetics and effect to Android smartphones and tablets.

This technology is not constrained and restricted to smartphones alone. These days, it is making an impression with a vivid range of devices like tablets and phablets. Kindle Fire from Amazon and Nexus 7 from Google are notable entities in the list of tablets which are drawing huge attention worldwide. Apart from these gizmos, game consoles, car systems, glasses and car systems are boasting these days of using this premium OS. The extent of adaptability and elasticity which this software allows is awesome. If you are not content with the standard solution, you can always avail of the unique opportunity of customizing and overwriting it. We can design a custom version like the popular CyanogenMod ROM which is a kind of modified firmware.

Android is an ultra-modern and state of the art technology and has enviable features like live wallpapers and widgets, notification tray for tracking of updates, voice typing and seamless app integration. Device applications are typically written in Java language. Having said that, the developers also have the option of writing parts of the applications using native languages like C and C++ by consuming Native Development Kit. For web based developers, they can rather use PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium for developing solutions which can compile into native code in the background. Mono for Droid, Ruboto and Kivy are third party tools using which your can write your code in C#, Ruby and Python respectively. Devices have both hardware and software support for gyroscope which can track gadget orientation based on the principle of angular momentum. Accelerometer can sense vibration and motion of the device. All these features go on to make Android a best in the class technology.

Since the Froyo version, the software also comes along with Just in Time compilers. Android has its own runtime environment called the Dalvik Virtual Environment. Thereon, Dalvik based performance has significantly got enhanced. Android provides automated memory management. This implies that the machine manages the memory for the user. This is the very reason why you will not need a quit button on these devices and the application will itself take care of tasks like activity destruction. Loaded with all the latest and likeable features like EDGE, Bluetooth, Compass, Camera, Wi-Fi, Media Support, GPS and GSM telephony, Android gadgets have all the key differentiators for winning the heart and support of millions of its patron around the world.