What is Android?
Simply put, Android is Google’s Mobile Operation System, meaning the system they put into phones. Google do not build phones themselves, but let other companies such as HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, etc.. build the phones, and they simply build the OS (Operating System) that goes into the phone. Google first released Android in 2008. Since then, it has become one of the most popular Operation Systems in the world, outselling Apple iPhone’s.
Android tends to name their updates after Desserts, so for instance – Update 1.6 was called Donuts, Update 2.2 was called Froyo, and the latest Update 2.3 called Gingerbread.
Just as Microsoft builds ‘Windows’, Google builds ‘Android’. Microsoft only make the Windows Operation System, not the actual computers themselves.
Advantages of Android?
On average, people are going to pay less to buy apps from the Android Marketplace over those who own Apple Devices. Overall Apps are cheaper for Android.
Unlike Apple Device’s, the Android OS is very customizable (from the screen look to screen lock look and so forth).
Disadvantages of Android?
You are likely to find more advertising on Android phones than iPhone’s (in Apps).
Most App’s are ‘Not’ installed on the main storage of the phone (SD card or inbuilt memory), and only on the memory, meaning that the amount of app’s you can install are limited.
A screenshot of what Android 2.3 (Called Gingerbread looks like)