The success of tablets and smartphones based on the Android operating system dominate the world electronics market, not an event that occurs suddenly. But it has been designed since Google in November 2007 announced the formation of the Open Handset Alliance to develop the OS Open Source. Later, this open operating system called Android.
The first phone using Android operating system was released by Google with HTC in 2008. The phone is called the T-Mobile G1 was launched in New York and is predicted by many to be able to shake the dominance of Apple’s iPhone or BlackBerry smartphone.
G1 phone uses touch screen features and a sliding qwerty keyboard. Feature WiFi, GPS, 3 megapixel camera, and instant messaging. G1 is equipped with various online applications, such as Gmail, YouTube and also ‘Google Maps Street View’.
Though the Android-based phones is not an extraordinary shake up the market, but it seems to attract some large companies to participate in developing the Android Operating System. At the end of 2008, 14 new members joined consisting of various companies in the field of technology. Among them are Sony Ericsson, ARM, Asustek, Garmin, Huawei Technologies, Toshiba, and Vodafone.
Samsung is one of the successful companies adopt Android, from the series Galaxy S which was introduced in 2010 to the third version of the well received by the market. This success made other vendors have also released the Android-based tablet with a high specification. Of course, they are also competing to offer the cheapest price.
Android tablets on the market development also forms its own, namely the Android market. In the Android Market there are several segments in accordance with the development of Android.
Although it is an older version, Android 2.3 Gingerbread version of Android is still the most widely used until the beginning of 2013, the number reached 44.6 percent of the Android market. While the rest is controlled by Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean.
The last tablet will adopt the latest version of Android. As for the previous product, typically update the latest version of android. Jelly Bean is a new version of Android that consists of two variants, namely 4.1 and 4.2
Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, and Android is an open operating system (open source). Application developers do not have to deal with procedures paid OS platform, because they made the application freely distributed with open source licenses, shareware or even freeware.
Google is serious about developing the first version of Android to version four or called Jelly Bean. From generation to generation, Android continues to experience significant progress. Ranging from technical performance, to display interface.
Since its launch the Android operating system version 1.1 Petit Four, February 9, 2009 Google showed that Android development is done continuously. Within a year could be released two new Android version. Android now has reached version 4. Reportedly in 2013 Google will release the latest version of Android called Key Lime Pie, is likely to carry the Android version 5.0.
Android as an open operating system managed to gather the actors in the field of mobile technology and tablets. Because they have the same interests, they form a synergy to shift the position of mobile phones and tablets based on other operating systems. Although substantially among the manufacturers that use the Android operating system also occurs tough competition.
Android did manage to shift the dominance of the iPhone and iPad. But it actually is a competition between the Android operating system used by many companies with iOS operating system used by Apple. To date, no individual company can match Apple.