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All You Need To Know About ANDROID & Malicious Apps PDF Print E-mail

You may have heard of the term "Android" at some point of time, but you may not know what is actually is. Well, in simple terms, Android is a software bundle owned by Google Inc. that includes an operating system (OS), middleware and key applications. Google purchased the original developer of Android, Android Inc. back in August 2005. Now, Google and members of the Open Handset Alliance have collaborated for the development and releases of Android. Google made news recently when it was recently sued by Oracle, owner of Java, over infringement of Oracle's Java-related intellectual property which Google denied by saying that Android DID NOT infringe Oracle's patents or copyright and that Oracle's patents were invalid.

The company that originally created and developed Android is Android Inc, which was founded in 2003 by four people. Android Inc. was eventually acquired by Google in 2005 and not much was known about Android Inc. then. Many thought of this to be a move by Google to enter the mobile phone market. Android is available under a free, open source license since October 21, 2008 and the entire source code has been published by Google under an Apache License. Android is updated and upgraded regularly with software updates targeting bug fixes, and also adding new features. Each new version is codenamed after a dessert and all versions are released in an alphabetical order.

The version history includes:

  • 2.0 (Eclair)
  • 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • 3.1 (Honeycomb)
  • 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Current features of Android include:

  1. Storage – SQLite
  2. Connectivity – GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC and WiMAX.
  3. Multiple Language Support
  4. Web Browser
  5. Java Support
  6. Media Support
  7. Streaming Media Support
  8. Additional Hardware Support – Cameras, touch screens, GPS, accelerometers, gyroscopes, etc.
  9. Multi-touch
  10. Video Calling

nd many more features! Android can be found on a range of devices such as smartphones, netbooks, tablets, Google TV and various other devices too. The first commercially available Smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream, released in October 2008. In early 2010, Google launched its flagship device, Nexus One, manufactured by HTC which was eventually succeeded by Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung later in 2010.

The Android market, which is the largest competitor of the App Store created by Apple, is the online market store developed by Google itself, exclusively for Android devices. As of December 2010, around 200,000 apps were hosted on the Android market. Google claims that by the end of June 2011, there have been 6 Billion installs from the Android market. Android has also been facing security concerns over the past few years, not too serious ones though. These include SMS Trojans and Malware. In March 2011, Google was forced to remove 58 malicious apps from the Android Market. Security firms such as AVG and Symantec have developed Antivirus softwares for the Android platform, reducing security concerns for Google.

At the end of Q4 2010, Android was the top selling Smartphone platform with a majority 33 percent market share. As per Google, around 550,000 devices are activated each day with a growth of 4.4 percent per week. With the much awaited Ice Cream Sandwich yet to be released, and Google crossing the 100 million (Android devices activated) mark, Android is growing at a good pace and Google will take NO chances when it comes to ruling the Smartphone industry!