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Happy birthday Android, 5-years-old today!

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Posted by julias
Android is five-years-old today. First announced on 5 November 2007, Google's mobile phone operating system has rapidly grown into the number one operating system in the world.


Posted by Bonovox
And still laggy

Posted by goldenface
It's come a long way in 5 years. I wonder where it will be in 5 years time - it's certainly made other OS's pull their socks up.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
It certainly has come a long way, and matured into one powerful OS, blending a great UI with a ton of features, some of which many of us liked in older OSs that other new OSs will probably never get, and cutting edge hardware and no matter how much Apple, Microsoft and Nokia try to kill it it seems to just get even bigger and better

Android now owns 75% of the market globally and with its penetration into Africa and other developing economies, its going to be difficult for any others to try dethrone it.

By the way, i see some of the latest Androids like Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3, Nexus 4, Note2, have whats known as a Barometer sensor, why on earth do smartphones need a damn Barometer?
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2012-11-05 20:07 ]

Posted by goldenface
I read somewhere that is to help with gps performance - I can see why I guess.

The best thing about Android is the range of great hardware out there. The choice is endless and always newer and better things coming along.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
That explains a lot, GS3 locks onto GPS ridiculously fast even when cell network is crap, i thought it was due to GLONASS but i guess its a mix of everything: Compass, aGPS, GPS, GLONASS, Gyro and Barometer working together, truly amazing how to see how far Android smartphones have come. Went through the Android developer site the other day and went dizzy with all the other stuff we got in the 4.0 and 4.1 updates: http://developer.android.com/[....]ns/android-4.0-highlights.html and http://developer.android.com/about/versions/jelly-bean.html

Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2012-11-05 20:56:49, Tsepz_GP wrote:
... blending a great UI with a ton of features ....
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2012-11-05 20:07 ]

I wouldn't call Android a "great" UI ... since its up to the partners to fully modify it as they see fit with minimal restrictions to be allowed to use Google's Apps/Services.
HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, etc etc all augment the UI which changes the UX (User Xperience) considerably and their perception of the overall OS. Google has made great strides to unifying the UI since ICS 4.0 and currently in JB 4.2.
I'm very curious if even one OS compares in speed to and augmentation capability as rapidly? Hmmm. S60/Symbian back in the 7650 heyday maybe?

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