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08 May 20128 Comments by Jon M

Is Android A Spent Force?

Android was first released in Sepember 2008 by internet search engine giant, Google. The premise would be that all versions would be open source and available to any developers free but phone and tablet manufacturers had to pay for a licence to put the Android operating system on to their devices. The problem with Android is that there’s far too many versions and too many devices, some devices are high powered and some are very low powered, and sometimes the device manufacturers release a phone or tablet but don’t put out updates. meaning that the phone or tablet will stay on that version unless the network or phone manufacturers release official updates.

There is also a very thriving ROM development scene on forums such as Modaco, XDA, where developers release unofficial custom ROMs to work of specific phones and tablets, the custom ROMs often work better and are stripped down to the bare bones where operator logos and bloatware is removed freeing up the phone’s internal memory.

Android versions to date:

1.5 Cupcake (April 2009)
1.6 Donut (September 2009)
2.1 Eclair (October 2009)
2.2 Froyo (May 2010)
2.3 Gingerbread (December 2010)
3.1 Honeycomb (Tablets only) (February 2011)
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ( October 2011)

As you can see it was very fast paced. There were earlier versions such as 1.0 which was released on a specific device and wasn’t available generally.

Android is going toe-to-toe with other operating systems such as Apple’s iOS, but the latter is a lot more restricted. As with the iOS which has its App Store, Android also has an app store called Android Market which has just been renamed to Google Play. Unlike Apple’s apps market, most of the apps in the Google Play market are free with ads.

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8 Responses to “Is Android A Spent Force?”

  1. Ronnie 30 April 2016 at 20:10 Permalink

    I will tell you what was a major improvement though.
    Amazon’s (Android based)Silk OS.
    Now that was good

    • Mobile Network Comparison 4 May 2016 at 15:08 Permalink

      In what ways?

      • Ronnie 4 May 2016 at 21:45 Permalink

        It just looked better,seemed to be better to navigate.
        The 3D effect of the icons was a nice touch too,and Firefly was a great thing.Ok,it just another version of a code scanner,but I could point it at brand names and pictures,and it would give me options from the web etc.
        Simple things I know,but it was a much better experience than real Android

  2. Ronnie 30 April 2016 at 20:07 Permalink

    I didn’t like Android set ups,nomatter what version it was.
    Just thought it bland and uninspiring.
    I much preferred BlackBerry 10 which seemed to be a hybrid of IOS and windows.Much better looking on the screen,and it was zippy too.
    I’mnow on Apple,and it’s fine.But if I could transfer my old Z10 screen with BB10,it would be a perfect phone !! 😀

  3. Phil Graham 9 May 2012 at 20:24 Permalink

    The reason I wrote this article is because Android is all over the place. I’ve had android phones where the phone manufacturer can’t be bothered releasing updates. Their answer is if you want the latest update buy our new phone. Which when you might have shelved out £100’s of pounds and you’ve bought a phone with no support. It hardly inspires you to buy another phone from that manufacturer does it?

  4. Troy 8 May 2012 at 09:10 Permalink

    I don’t understand what your point is at all here? You don’t come close to answering your own question.

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