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Evolution of Android & its impact on mobile application development

Linux based operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. It is programmed in C and C++ with UI in Java. Google acquired the initial developer of Android Inc. in 2005 and released Android as an Open source under the Apache License.
Android made its debut with 1.0 on the HTC Dream mobile on 22nd October 2008. Since it’s launch android has taken the world of mobile application development by storm. It has give iphone SDK and iphone applications a run for its money. It has grown a lot after that. In the first version Android brought the feature of pull-down notification which the world talks about. The media player in the first version of Android completely failed. An outstanding feature in the Google Android was Google Sync- calendar, maps, documents, e-mails, chats.
Version 1.1 was mostly bug fixes of the previous version. It brought about local map apps with local search business listings, complete reviews and other relevant data. A lot of updations were seen in the version 1.5 which is also called the cupcake. It is also from this version that android started using dessert names for its versions. The android media playback improved immensely and copy and paste made its first appearance in the browser. The android phone was able to pull Google account pictures into the contact list. The next version of android was version 1.6, also called as doughnut. This version introduced the free turn navigation map which is now the USP of Android phones.
The versions 2.0 and 2.1 both lived under the name éclair which is a bit strange, given the names of dessert names for other versions. Éclair had a much improved keyboard and auto- correct. It also brought in the much needed improvements of the camera. HTML5 was added to the browser.
Version 2.2 Froyo (Frozen Yoghurt) brought with it the most improvements up to that point. It brought in Adobe flash support and the addition of USB and wireless tethering. Wireless tethering allowed Froyo users to turn their phones into a wireless hotspot.
The next version of android 2.3 was Gingerbread. GingerBread brought with it the native support of internet calling over sim. It brought in some equalization features for music and. It also included voice based actions for calling, texting, navigation etc.