An Android 101: What is Android?


For the technologically challenged, it may be difficult to understand what Android is. Some people think it’s a phone; others think it’s a tablet PC. Actually, Android is the software that makes those electronic devices work. Android is a Linux-based operating system being used in an increasing number of today’s smartphones and other mobile devices. It was initially developed by Android Inc., but the company was acquired by Google in 2005. Google collaborated with hardware, software and telecommunication companies including Broadcom Corp., Intel, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Texas Instruments to form the Open Handset Alliance whose goal is to develop open standards for mobile devices. On November 5, 2007 the Open Handset Alliance unveiled itself and introduced the first Android product. → Read More