As of May 2013, nearly 900 million Android devices had been activated. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), Android holds over 70.1% share of the global operating systems (OS) market. Android is a free, open source Linux-based operating system, developed by Google in 2008. One of the salient features that distinguish this unique invention is the Linux kernel, the main function of which is to control the hardware. The Android OS hosts a central core, which works as strip code to help the software components operate smoothly. Put simply, the kernel is a mediator between the hardware and the software.
The several advantages that Android brings to its users make it a worthy competitor to the other operating systems available in the market today. The huge number of new Android devices being activated every month continues to climb at a staggering rate.
Top Advantages of Using Android
Since the release of its first version (version 1.0, Astro, 2008) right up till its latest release, Andoid 4.4 (KitKat, 2013), Android OS developers have come up with enhanced features and capabilities every time, offering added advantages for users. Here are some of the primary benefits that users of the Android OS stand to gain:
You can run multiple apps on the Android OS at the same time
One of the major advantages that Android users enjoy is the multi-tasking opportunity that it offers. One can receive notifications, listen to the latest musical tracks or even record GPS data without keeping the application open.
Android offers incredible customization on the home screen
The customizable home screen keeps the widgets active at just one touch of your fingertips. There is no need to launch an application first, since these remain accessible and always visible.
Android offers a better apps market
As of February 2013, the Android market offers 800,000 apps, over 28 billion total downloads and hosts 2 billion downloads every month, as reported by Distimo, an online app market analytic.
You can install custom ROMs with Android
The Android community is dedicated to building custom ROMs for Android devices. This offers an additional level of customization to Android run devices.
Change your device settings faster with Android
The fast processor and OS help you use the widgets on the home screen to manage your device settings faster than devices that work on other types of OS.
The best thing about Android is that it gives you multiple options so that you will always find something that fits easily into your budget.