Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, developed by Google in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance. Initially developed by Android Inc, whom Google financially backed and later purchased in 2005,Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 86 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
Google releases the Android code.
The World’s Most Popular Platform
Millions of people already use Android because it makes your mobile device so much more powerful and useful. On Android, the home screen, web browser, email and everything in between are designed to make your life easier. And because Android is open, you can create a unique mobile experience that’s just right for you.
Your stuff, always available, no wires neededWhen you sign in to your phone or tablet with Google, you can access all of your Google stuff (contacts, photos, Gmail and more) quickly and easily. You can also enjoy all of your favorite entertainment across your Android devices and even your computer — no wires, no syncing.
Play everywhere you go
Google Play is the easiest way to enjoy all your favorites — no wires, no hassle, just pure entertainment. You can now read, listen and watch anywhere you want — on your tablet, phone, or in any browser at play.google.com. Forget about cables and syncing: your favorite music, movies, books, apps and games are instantly available across all of your devices and on the web.
With Android, you can quickly and seamlessly switch between apps and pick up whatever you were doing. Juggling multiple tasks at once on a mobile device has never been easier.
Voice typing and actions
Control your Android device with your voice. Simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and start talking to write emails, SMS, or any other text — more than 30 languages supported. Text appears in real time, so there’s no waiting.
Photos and videos
Capture special moments with great photos and videos, explore your shots and quickly share your favorites in any way that you want.
Courtesy: Google Inc.