Android (operating system)
Android is an operating system for mobile devices. It is mostly used for smartphones, like Google's own Google Pixel, as well as by other phone manufacturers like HTC and Samsung. It has also been used for tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and Amazon Kindle. A modified Linux kernel is used as Android's kernel.
Android 10.0 home screen
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|Written in||Java (UI), C (core), C++ and more|
|Source model||Open source (most devices include proprietary components, such as Google Play)|
|Initial release||September 23, 2008|
|Latest release||Android 10 / September 3, 2019|
|Marketing target||Smartphones, tablet computers, smartTVs (Android TV), Android Auto and smartwatches (Wear OS)|
|Available in||100+ languages|
|Package manager||APK (primarily through Google Play; installation of APKs also possible locally or from alternative sources such as F-Droid)|
|Platforms||32- and 64-bit ARM, x86 and x86-64|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (modified Linux kernel)|
|Userland||Bionic libc, mksh shell, Toybox as core utilities|
|Default user interface||Graphical (multi-touch)|
|License||Apache License 2.0|
GNU GPL v2 for the Linux kernel modifications
Google says that over 1.3 million Android smartphones are sold every day. Most mobile phones run Android, making it the most popular mobile operating system. It is also the most popular operating system in general.
It supports multitasking and two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics.
Older versions, e.g. Android Nougat 7.0 and older are not supported with security updates. While newer are, by Google, it depends on the vendor of the device if end-users get them, except for later versions, e.g. in Android 10, users get security updates directly from Google Play (not just app updates) bypassing the vendors.
Programs for Android, also called "apps", usually come from the Google Play Store. The Android programs have a file extension of .apk. Google states that "Android apps can be written using Kotlin, Java, and C++ languages". Other languages may also be used; such as Python and Go, and those languages and even C++ may have restrictions. Large portions of the operating system itself are also written in Java. Over 2.6 million apps are available for Android in the Google Play Store. Some apps are distributed elsewhere.
Android version numbers and namesEdit
- 1.1: (No codename)
- 1.1: Petit Four
- 1.5: Cupcake
- 1.6: Donut
- 2.0 and 2.1: Eclair
- 2.2: Froyo (FROzen YOgurt)
- 2.3: Gingerbread
- 3.x: Honeycomb (a tablet-only version)
- 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3: Jelly Bean
- 4.4: KitKat
- 5.0 and 5.1: Lollipop
- 6.0 and 6.0.1: Marshmallow
- 7.0 and 7.1: Nougat
- 8.0: Oreo
- 9.0: Pie
- 10.0: (No codename)
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