Android

Platform/Software
Year initiated: 
2008
License: 
Other
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Description: 

Android is a mobile operating system 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 (OS) 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. As of July 2013, the Google Play store has had over one million Android applications ("apps") published – including many "business-class apps "that rival competing mobile platforms – and over 50 billion applications downloaded. An April–May 2013 survey of mobile application developers found that 71% of developers create applications for Android, and a 2015 survey found that 40% of full-time professional developers see Android as their priority target platform, which is comparable to Apple's iOS on 37% with both platforms far above others. In September 2015, Android had 1.4 billion monthly active 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. Its open nature has encouraged a large community of developers and enthusiasts to use the open-source code as a foundation for community-driven projects, which deliver updates to older devices, add new features for advanced users or bring Android to devices originally shipped with other operating systems. The success of Android has made it a target for patent (and copyright) litigation as part of the so-called "smartphone wars" between technology companies.

(Source: Wikiepedia) 

Works Developed in this Platform:

Work titlesort descending Author Language Year
#Carnivast Mez Breeze, Andy Campbell 2013
200 ton TNT Maarten Doorman, Nils Mühlenbruch, PJ Roggeband Dutch 2012
80 Days Acoli, English 2014
Alla barns rätt Pernilla Stalfelt, Spinfy Swedish 2010
AndOrDada René Bauer, Beat Suter German 2008
Aphiddd Andy Campbell English
Beanstalk Mary Flanagan English 2016
Chrono Trigger Acoli 1995
Death of an Alchemist Chris Rodley, Andrew Burrell English 2015
DO IT Serge Bouchardon English, French 2017
Faceless patrons Andreas Zingerle, Linda Kronman English 2013
FIFA 18 Acoli 2017
Final Fantasy VI Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yoshinori Kitase Acoli, English, Japanese 1994
Final Fantasy VII Hironobu Sakaguchi Acoli 1997
flâneur - tag the world Anders Sundnes Løvlie English, Norwegian (Bokmål) 2010
Flewn Gabriel Smetzer English 2016
Frankenstein Dave Morris English 2012
Game of Thrones Acoli, English 2014
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Acoli, English 2004
Her Story Sam Barlow English, Japanese 2015
Icarus Needs Daniel Merlin Goodbrey English 2013
Kjell Theøry Judd Morrissey 2014
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Acoli 2017
Lil’ Red Brian Main 2013
Lulu Sweet: A Gold Rush Tale in 8 Acts English 2015
Machines of Disquiet Luís Lucas Pereira English, Portuguese 2014
Nostranger Acoli, English 2016
Notes for Walking Megan Heyward English 2013
Phone Story Paolo Pedercini, Michael Pineschi English 2011
Quantum Collocation: Experimental Poems for Mobile Digital Devices Abraham Avnisan English
RiTa Daniel C. Howe English 2009
Secret of Mana Hiromichi Tanaka English, Japanese 1993
Separation ALIS, i-Trace English, French 2014
Sherwood Rise - the Augmented Book Dave Miller English 2013
sniff_jazzbox.audible_city René Bauer, Beat Suter, Johannes Auer 2007
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Acoli 2003
Tales from the Borderlands Acoli, English 2014
Terra Incognita Pauline Delwaulle English, French 2013
The Walking Dead Acoli, English 2012
To Montréal Abrie English 2016
To the Moon Acoli 2011
Xilo Rodrigo Motta Portuguese 2011
Zeit für die Bombe Susanne Berkenheger German 1997
Zombies, Run! Naomi Alderman Acoli 2011
Version history (text): 

2008 - Alpha (1.0)
2009 - Beta (1.1, Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0–2.1)
2010 - Froyo (2.2–2.2.3), Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7)
2011 - Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4)
2012 - Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1)
2013 - KitKat (4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2)
2014 - Lollipop (5.0–5.1)
2015 - Marshmallow (6.0-6.0.1)

2016 - Nougat (7.0-7.0.1)

Image: 
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Android 1.0
Multimedia: 

A brief history of Android

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