This most used Mobile OS has gained so much popularity today that there is no single place where Android is not used. Especially popular with Smartphones, Android supports most of the applications in Smartphones without support of any third party applications. Life has become much easier and advanced through these applications. Now, you can get everything (weather updates, latest news, sending e-mails, messaging, video chatting, conference calls, downloads, navigation, deals, nearby locations, entertainment and what not!) at a single place and within your comfort zone.
Why Android is so popular:
Android (owned by Google) is a Linux based Operating System designed for touch screen mobile phones. There are so many Android devices available in market today. Companies like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola are few of themajor competitors that make use of Android platform in their devices. Ability to customize the code (Android is based on open source platform) is the major advantage of Android that makes it outstanding when compared to other OSs. Android phones give a real life experience to the end user.Faster multitasking, better system performance by optimizing memory, improved touchscreen, fresh design, quick response, ease of use are some of the features that gained Android its popularity.
Adoption rate of Android into Smart phones and other devices:
Android is the most used mobile OS today. As of July 2013, around 1 million Android Apps were published in Google Play store and there were around 50 billion downloads of only Android Apps. Selling figures indicate that Android devices were most sold in 2012, 2013, and 2014 than any other mobile devices. Google revealed that there were around 540 million Active users (who are using the Android mobile for last 30 days) in 2013 which rose to almost 1 billion by 2014. A developer survey conducted in May 2013 indicates that 75% of mobile developers developed using Android OS.
The Open Source Linux Community let developers build powerful and innovative applications using latest mobile technologies.Android is not only widely used in field of smartphones, it has also gained popularity in various other areas like Gadgets (example, wrist watch that incorporates MP3 player, GPS tracker, breath and heart beat rate), Home Appliances (example, television, refrigerators, washing machine etc), and Automobiles (example, car makers have designed Android based Infotainment systems that has voice controlled navigation system, browser and an app store)
Next step in the evolution:
Google is planning to introduce even more powerful and user-friendly features in next release of Android -Android “L”which is expected to hit market around late 2014. New Interface, better runtime for apps, more security are some of its major attractions:
- Better Visual Appearance: The new visual appearance will be more colorful and animated. The transition between screens, clicks, and navigation buttons will be more user-friendly.
- Improved Notifications: A new type of notification will be introduced in future version known as “heads ups”. If you are in middle of an activity, it will just give heads up about the incoming event giving you the choice to take action or dismiss. Thus, events like Incoming calls, messages etc, won’t really take control unless you choose to, thus, making less priority events less intrusive.
- Battery Improvement: Battery life will be much improved in next version of Android. Battery drain can be tracked with the battery saver mode and non-essential services can be turned off or run in set intervals for extended battery life.
- Monitoring Health: Google’s new framework “Google Fit” let you keep track of your physical activity and food intake and give you alert regarding heart rate, breathing etc.
- Security: Unlocking your device in secured environment will be faster now. A new feature “personal unlocking” unlocks your phone automatically if you are in pre-programmed location or if it recognizes your voice.
Android in the next 10 years:
Here are 4 powerful features that will keep Android on top list among competitors in next 10 years:
Messaging: Messaging has become even more friendly by unifying different features like emailing,SMS, instant messaging, video calling into a single platform. The transition between different methods of calling would be so smooth without having the hassles to handle different apps for each feature.
Google Maps: Latest version of Google Maps will provide greater level of customization based on input provided and recent searches made.Google Now and Google Latitude track your every step, you will find your favorite fun spot every weekend (based on your previous visits tracked by the app). With handy features, with few layers of polishing though, it will still be best free solution available on mobiles.
Payments and Security: Payments, money transferring etc will become easier in next few years. The Google Authenticator app of 2020 communicates with your device’s NFC Chip to make automatic payments at your favorite restaurant or log you into your Facebook account when you sit down at your laptop or even verify your identity using basic face recognition combined by fingerprint or retina scanning built into your device’s camera app.
Hardware: Optimized displays, extended battery life, advanced mobile processors, better security are few of the major hardware innovations that are going to play a big game in deciding success for Android.
With the invent of new features in Android 2020, you can just speak to make a call and on Voice recognition, it will automatically find the contact number and make the desired call or you can just mention to order some food from your favorite restaurant at a set time and it will take care of placing order and making payments. Not just that,you do not even need to check what you want to eat today as Google will track your entire day’s events and what you have been eating all day and based on this, it will suggest a menu. You don’t even need to take pictures, as Google will simply pick the best pictures based on its collection of your entire day’s activities.
With all the new exciting features and enhancements coming up, Android is ready to take things to a whole new level making the world even smaller and more comfortable place to live.