Android is a mobile operating system (OS) currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android's user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input. In addition to touchscreen devices, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles, digital cameras, and other electronics.
Android has the largest installed base of all operating systems of any kind. Android has been the best selling OS on tablets since 2013, and on smartphones it is dominant by any metric.
Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007, along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance – a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
Android's source code is released by Google under open source licenses, although most Android devices ultimately ship with a combination of open source and proprietary software, including proprietary software required for accessing Google services. Android is popular with technology companies that require a ready-made, low-cost and customizable operating system for high-tech devices.
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Here at New Media Aid we try to keep ahead of the curve by making sure we continuously learn about all new advances in the Android world and the best place for this is by keeping abreast of Google announcements made at their Google I/O
conferences and via Google's Android Developer YouTube Channel
. Google I/O is an annual developer conference with inspirational talks, hands-on learning, and a chance to hear more about Google's latest developer products.
Some interesting Google videos for Android developers
Google I/O 2015 - Keynote
Designing For Drivers
Fingerprint and payments APIs
Introduction to Maps API on Android Wear
New APIs in M for Android for Work
Smart Lock for Passwords: Simplifying sign-ins
Developing for the living room with Google
Android M Permissions
Android Wear: Your app and the always-on screen
Understanding Android Threading
Good AsyncTask Hunting
Getting a HandlerThread
Swimming in Threadpools
The Zen of IntentService
Optimizing Network Request Frequencies