Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Library Mobile > 3 > 'A' Is For 'Android'

The Third  > New Column > 'A' Is for 'Android' > Searcher v. 18 no. 7 (September 2010) p. 7-11.

"Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middlewareand key applications that use a modified version of the Linux kernel. It was initially developed by Android Inc., a firm later purchased by Google, and lately by the Open Handset Alliance"  [http://www.openhandsetalliance.com].


While Google's Nexus One [http://www.google.com/phone/] may be the most well-known of the Android phones, the HTC Dream  [http://www.htc.com/www/product/dream/overview.html] , released in late October 2008, was the first phone to run the Android operating system. The Nexus One is manufactured for Google by the HTC Corp. (Taiwan) and became available in early January 2010.

As of mid-April 2010, nearly 50 makes and models ofAndroid phones were available, forthcoming, or anticipated. Android-based phone manufacturers include BlackBerry, Dell, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharpe, and Sony- Ericsson. The top- ranked phones include Google Nexus One, Motorola DROID A855, HTC DROID Eris, Samsung Moment M900, Motorola CLIQ, Samsung Behold II t939, T-Mobile G1, myTouch 3G, and the Motorola Devour A555.

In addition to smartphones, the Android operating system has been, or will be, installed on tablet computers, e-readers, and other devices.


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