The Growth of Android Software

Android is one of the leading mobile operating systems in the world. With unmatched performance and functional capabilities, Android has attained a great level of excellence and importance. The Android software is considered to be the most appealing and accentuating feature of a mobile phone, tablet or any other device. It offers a great level of sophistication and convenience. In doing so, it supports a wide and diverse variety of attractive and alluringly exciting applications that include games, business apps and a lot more.

The popularity of the Android Operating system has significantly increased the production of devices that are compatible with this OS. Many developers of the Android based devices have stepped in the worldwide electronics market and are introducing hundreds of compatible phones and tablets with each passing day.

Android Phone is a device induced with power and performance based smoothness. It is, therefore, the perfect companion of everyone. It does not matter if the individual is a gamer, application lover, photography enthusiast or a businessman, an Android operating system based phone is the best communication device for everyone.

There were over 300,000 Android applications that were available for download in the Android Market, as of October 2011. The number has ever been increasing. Number of applications that have been downloaded by users has even exceeded 10 billion. Such applications can be obtained from Android Market, now named as Google Play, which is run by Google and is updated with new applications by developers on daily basis.

The Android OS has had several updates since its original release. Each newer version came with new features. Newer versions also fixed the problems that were found in the older ones. The most recent version is called Jellybean (4.2), which was released on November 13th, 2012.

Android phones come with all the abilities of smartphones, for instance messaging, storage, connectivity, Java support, multiple language support, media support, web browser, streaming media support, multi-touch, multitasking, Bluetooth, voice based features, video calling, tethering and screen capture.

HTC-Dream is known to be the first phone that ran Android software as its operating system. Since then the Android phones have added numerous brilliant features and functions. Almost all the mobile and tablet manufacturing companies are now launching devices that run Android operating system. The most recent Samsung Galaxy series of smartphones are considered the best in the market.

According to the details provided by a research company, Canalys, by Q2 2009, Android had a share of 2.8% of the global shipments of smartphones. By Q4 2010, it reached 33% and gained the position of best selling platform for smartphones. As per a Q4 2012 report by NDTV, the sales of smartphones powered by Android software were more than 44% in the worldwide market of smartphones.

Dissecting Android Phones

There is indeed no doubt that Android is one of the biggest names under smartphones technology as of this writing. Top mobile phone brands make use of the Android hardware, software and applications to operate through its product because of its continuous evolution in the market as a leading platform. Android is a software stack that was designed and developed by programmers who wanted to picture out a better way to access applications with a reliable operating system and middleware.

In order to get to know the Android platform better, here is the part-by-part analysis for Android and how it works to make daily living easier and faster through connectivity and entertainment:

HARDWARE

The hardware among many Android phones has very flexible parts. For one, it has removable parts such as a battery which can be replaced easily when the old one do not perform as expected any longer. Also, all Android phones accept SD cards. With that, when the phone’s internal memory is not enough to suffice the load of files that you want to input into the phone, inserting an SD card will immediately expand the memory capacity of the device. Furthermore, Android phones come in variety and not all of them are touch screen phones. Therefore, if a user wants to purchase an Android phone but is not a big fan of touch screen mobile phones, he or she can freely choose among other models which have a physical keyboard in it.

SOFTWARE

Software-wise, Android phones are quite competitive. Its software can run multiple applications at the same time without lagging. With this feature, multi-tasking can be easily performed. Another plus factor is that it integrates and works well with many Google Apps.

APPLICATION

No question that Android offers more niche apps. Meaning to say, downloading is so easy that a user does not need to go through dragging and obscure approval process just to download a single free application. The Android application store is a friendly-user cache of applications that getting them is as easy as clicking on the ones that you want to download.

INTERFACE

The interface of Android is even much better as it can carry up to seven home screens instead of other carriers that can only afford one to three. Also, the language and spell checker of the Android phone is so superb that it can provide not just one, but multiple word-completion suggestions.

Android software stack has definitely soared to greater heights with their easy-to-download applications, flexible hardware-built and software that lets you do things you needed to do in time. Why share apps limited only with users of the same brand as yours when you can reach the whole world through your fingertips with the stronger, broader and more vivid scope of Android phones?

Most Used Android Software For Geocaching And GeoCheckpointing

If you are involved in GeoCheckpointing or Geocaching and own an android powered smartphone, you can choose from many applications suitable for these outdoor GPS games. There are available both, free and paid apps. In this article, we will have a look at the most popular free applications and their features.

One of the most used apps is c:geo. It allows to import Geocaching or GeoCheckpointing GPX files (you can generate the GPX file which contains GPS coordinates and other information about the caches or geocheckpoints on the GeoCheckpointing/Geocaching website). C:geo has very intelligent feature for searching GPX files stored in your smartphone. It is able to find all GPX files in your phone, no matter if they are located in the c:geo directory or elsewhere. It can also connect to the Geocaching server and download the nearest caches, so if you have an internet connection enabled, you do not need to download GPX file for Geocaching. C:geo can navigate you to the target using a compass (default navigation) or you can choose another app (e. g. Google Maps).

Another free solution for GeoCheckpointing and Geocaching users is Locus. This software can also import GPX files and navigate to the target using a compass. In addition, you can use different map providers. The maps can be saved in different zooms for offline use. This may be very useful when you are traveling abroad and the data roaming would be too expensive.

There is also an online navigation app called GeoCheckpoint Finder. It can be launched in any browser and used for the navigation in the same way like the apps from Android Market. There is a compass navigation feature and you can simply let you navigate using another app like Google Maps. You can enter the coordinates manually or automatically download the nearest GeoCheckpoints. The advantage of this app is the possibility to use it even if your phone is not equipped by the GPS.

If you need to navigate to a single target, you can use GPS Status. The strength of this apps is not in the navigation features (which are very basic), but in lots of useful information provided. You can e. g. see the satellite map or use it to speed up GPS by downloading a-GPS data.

Active users, who place new GeoCheckpoints or caches for others, may like simple but very useful application called GPS average. This software makes number of readings and average the coordinates. This way, you can get more accurate coordinates.