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ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM & SMARTPHONES

 

 

By: Ronnie Hansen 

 

 

 

“What is” Android and the Android Experience? 

 

     November, 2007 Google changed the way Smartphone’s will operate and the future of Smartphones. Android became an immediate major player in the mobile phone distribution. It has come a long ways in just 3.5 years. The advancement and market share of Android has become its money maker.  Android is an operating system that runs on Smartphone’s across the world. It is an operating system developed by Google to run on mainly touch screen phones. It runs on Linux kernel which allows it to be free and open source. “Open”, or “open-source”, means that the underlying software which Android uses is accessible to anybody interested in taking a look. If you are a manufacturer, that means you don’t have to ask Google (or pay Google) to use Android on your gadget; if you’re creating software, you don’t have to pay to get access in order to make your apps work” (SlashGear101, 2011).This is used in the Unix-like operating system. This allows our mobile phones to essentially search everything from the web and get directions with only one touch. The Android platform comes to users in several experiences, not only cell phones, yet tablets. Tablets are simply touch screen laptops, or oversized smartphones. Almost every successful tablet is Android, except for the iPad of course. This is something that Apple and Android have dominated since it began last year. Blackberry (RIM) and Windows mobile have yet to really make a dent in the tablet field; however tablets are the future moving forward. 

 

     Newer Android phones allow you to touch the search key, then say search or navigate you to your desired criteria. For example you can say “Navigate to Starbucks”, then without you doing another thing it will dial in your route from where you are, and navigate you to your destination. On a simpler note, you can speak or type in “starbucks” and it will directly bring you to Google’s search page with your desired criteria already in there with results. Many Android devices operate on Touch screen phones, which is also a fairly new technological advance in the mobile phone industry. Touch screen phones have came quite a ways from the early models, which required a stylus (stick/pen) to operate them.

 

     Android released in 2008 with version 1.6 (cupcake), 2.0 (donut), 2.1 (eclair), 2.2 (froyo)-most common, and then 2.3 (gingerbred)-next slated Operating system. Each new version brings new design, features, and upgrades to the phone. Quite similiar to apple with 3, 3gs, and 4. A key component (benefit) of Android is the customization of it and what you are allowed to do with it. You can customize your icons, different themes, add widgets to the screen are just to name a few benefits. For example, mostly everyone with a name seems to be on Facebook, and on Facebook constantly so with an Android phone it updates and has a application just for Facebook, and you don’t even need to log on to the internet.  Plenty of cool features, such as email sync, so users coming from other Smartphone platforms won’t feel like they are missing anything. Gmail backs up all contacts so every phone you get, you’ll no longer need to switch over contacts.

 

     The beauty in Android devices is they are always upping one another, meaning if HTC gets a new device, soon to follow will be Samsung or Motorola with their latest pitch. Some examples are the processors (speed of phone-interface usage) is always improving and jumping. When the first Android phone released (HTC Google G1) for T-mobile, it was running a 528 MHz processor (CPU) which is less than half of what the newest technology has. Currently there are several phones running at least a 1 GHz processor and the Motorola Atrix is at 1.2 GHz. By the end of 2011 we should see a phone running 1.5 GHz which is essentially like a computer speed (http://www.slashgear.com/bsquare-mdp-puts-1-5ghz-dual-core-msm8660-snapdragon-into-developer-device-video-27148769/). This downside to this, is every time you settle in and purchase a “new” device, well it won’t for long. Innovation is something that the Android system is built on. A new device coming this summer will be a 3D cell phone, which allows the user to record in 3D and playback in 3D (http://www.slashgear.com/htc-evo-3d-revealed-at-sprint-event-ctia-2011-22141723/).

Google holds about 60% of the search engine market so every time a smartphone user searches on his or her android device Google is making money (Dr. Coopman). Advertisements are a big factor into what they make.

 

Technical videos of Android Operating System:

 

 

                                                              

Smartphone Use

 

     According to Amy Lee of the Huffington Post, “Thirty-nine percent say they've used their smartphone while going to the bathroom.” Smartphones are becoming highly used in untraditional ways. Ten years ago, it would be surprising to see anything between 3%-9% for this study, however now; it is 39%, and only rising. Most Americans can’t imagine leaving home without their mobile phones. Nearly all adults in the U.S. now have cellphones, with one in four having smartphones, pocket-sized devices more powerful than the computers initially used to send men to the moon. By the end of 2011, Nielsen predicts that the majority of mobile subscribers in the U.S. will have smartphones” (The Nielson Company, 2011). Smartphones are more than just a cell phone; they allow the user to do so much more. Internet is the main advantage but with iPhone and Android now Applications have become a major use in mobile phones.  

 

           Another trend according to Amy lee of the Huffington Post, that 93% of people uses their smartphones at home which just shows the capability and convenience of them. This is a stat that you have to consider a good chunk of those 93% have internet on their laptop/desktop. The user friendliness has come a long ways in speed and internet advancement on these phones. It is much easier to grab your handheld device, rather than get up, log on to the internet just to search something. Extensive research and typing still and always will be king on the laptop/desktop platform, however hand held smartphone are gaining on that.

     The usage is rising in shopping on mobile phones, according to a study from Commerce Daily, mobile sales will reach $9 billion in 2011. And that it is preferred to a laptop or computer. Small priced purchases such as food, home items, and personal goods will usually and always be in-store, however clothing/apparel, flights/vacations, and small to big electronic devices will be nearly all online within the coming years. That is the trend that we see today. Most people purchase their flights or vacations online, and a good portion like the easiness of shopping for clothing/apparel online. It is much easier to log onto eBay or Amazon to get something like a phone or camera, or even small electronic gadgets there, than it is to walk into a store.

 

     According to John Brownlee of geek.com, an interesting new fact is that smartphones outsold PC’s for the very first time in 2010 (http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/smartphones-outsell-pcs-for-the-first-time-in-history-2011028/). This here shows the direction of the smartphone. This is just the start of stats where mobile phone outduels the PC in sales. The irony of this article is that PC sales were up 5.5% in 2010. The writing is on the wall with the Amy Lee’s article about Americans using their smartphones at home, and even in the bathroom.

 

Some interesting stats according to googlemobileads.blogspot.com:

 

-  81% browse the Internet, 77% search, 68% use an app, and 48% watch videos on their smartphone

-  72% use their smartphones while consuming other media, with a third while watching TV

-  93% of smartphone owners use their smartphones while at home

 

Applications

 

                Several articles talk about how the web is dying (such as the http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/all/1, we read in class) and this is a result of applications. Several articles refer to the actual web within itself, not the internet.  Applications are becoming a key part of the way smartphones are used. Without apps, you have a fancy phone with optimal internet usage, which is not good enough anymore. Applications are designed to make it easier for the user to get the information they want, or to entertain. Applications generally speaking are a shortcut away from the internet, yet get you to the internet without using your browser. Such as social networking apps, they are optimized and compacted for easy and quick usage. Games are still the most popular application use, according to Mobile Apps playbook-a study done by the Nielsen Company.

 

                Apps come in all shapes and size, according to the mobile apps playbook study, “Facebook is the leading social networking app, the Weather Channel is the top weather app, Google Maps dominates Maps/Navigation and Pandora is the most popular Music app. “Those are also the top 4 categories of type of content of apps that are downloaded. News and Entertainment are a close 5th and 6th. In a recent study, 57% of Android apps are free in the market, compared to less than 30% for the iPhone, according to techcrunch.com (http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/05/distimo-june-2010/).  Due to Android being open source, developers can add applications into the android system without Google overlooking them. Versus Apple; all applications must be approved before they can hit the app store. The market is similar to the iPhone’s app store in the respect you can search by category, free or paid, or when the app was created. It is a user friendly experience that brings almost too many apps in one spot. However, too much is better than never enough in this case. 

 

 

Scholarly Sources

 

 

Emmett, A. (2008). Handheld Headlines. American Journalism Review,
30(4), 24-29.

 

C. Pascu, D. Osimo, M. Ulbrich, G. Turlea, J.C. Burgelman (2007). The potential disruptive

impact of Internet2 based technologies. First Monday, Volume 12, Number 3 — 5 March 2007

 

 

 

Critical Friends of Technology CFT (2003). A social ecology of

wireless technology. First Monday, Volume 8, Number 8- 4 August 2003

 

Lugano, G (2008) Mobile social networking in theory and practice.

First Monday, Volume 13, Number 11 - 3 November 2008

 

Other Sources 

Company, N. (2011). The State of Mobile Apps.

The Nielsen Company.  April 27, 2011, from

blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/NielsenMobileAppsWhitepaper.pdf

 

 

Pham, D. (2011). Smartphone user study shows mobile movement under way –

Google Mobile Ads Blog. Google Mobile Ads Blog. April 25, 2011, from

http://googlemobileads.blogspot.com/2011/04/smartphone-user-study-shows-mobile.html

 

Rao, L. (2011). Google Survey: 39 Percent Of Smartphone Owners Use Their Devices In The

Bathroom . TechCrunch . April 25, 2011, from

http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/26/google-survey-39-percent-of-smartphone-owners-use-their-device-in-the-bathroom/

 

 

Sutter, J. D., & CNN. (2011). Smartphones: Our national obsession - CNN.

Featured Articles from CNN. April 27, 2011, from

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-10-18/tech/smartphone.everywhere_1_smartphone-text-message-

ipod?_s=PM:TECH

 

PEW Study

Horrigan, J. B., & American Life Project, (2010)

P. I. Wireless Connectivity Has Drawn Many Users More Deeply into Digital Life.

Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference. April 2011, from

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1162/internet-typology-users-mobile-communication-devices

 

Other Sites

Hamiliton, A. (2008) "Android: Google's Dream, Apple's Nightmare? –

TIME." Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews –

TIME.com. April 5, 2011 from

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1843164,00.html.

 

Brownlee, J(2011) Smartphones outsell PCs for the first time in history.

Cell Phones & Mobile Device Technology News & Updates | Geek.com. Geek.com. April 2011, from

http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/smartphones-outsell-pcs-for-the-first-time-in-history-2011028/

 

 

 

Comments (23)

uismiguel@... said

at 2:51 pm on Apr 21, 2011

I am old style person, and i am not that freaky with new tech, but i think that having read that information, it kind of pushes me to get a new phone. I am amazed by how much i can do and learn by getting brand new devise like Android... good job..

Jay Barton said

at 11:29 am on Apr 27, 2011

Go Google! I am an original G1 droid owner/user and I'm not even considering buying an overpriced iPhone. (sorry Mark and Kyle :-) I do think, as I said on Lena's page, that I'm going to get the new Samsung Galaxy which will allow me to download the skype app for free (runs with vers. 2.2). Thats right FREE...HAHa Facetime! Jk. Seriously, I do think the Android market has its downfalls too, but I'm more familiar with the driod o/s, so is my wife and kids, so I'm sticking with a good thing. Great job collecting and presenting the information so far, I can't wait to see thefinal product.

ronnie hansen said

at 1:01 pm on Apr 28, 2011

About time you upgrade that G1 man! haha JK but yea Samsung Galaxy are really good phones.

Jenna Saenz said

at 4:20 pm on Apr 27, 2011

wow! You have a ton of info about the Android! Thats awesome! I really like your little android pictures! Can't wait to see it all finished!

uismiguel@... said

at 11:37 am on Apr 28, 2011

There is a lot of information, but i am afraid that a lot of us did not use the example to do the wiki project. There is a lot of good information for this project.. it is good so far.

Daniel Preston said

at 12:53 pm on Apr 28, 2011

I have heard great things about the Android "honeycomb" OS. Love the fact that it is open source so developers are free to make applications. Looking forward to seeing your presentation

victorngo85@... said

at 2:10 pm on Apr 28, 2011

Very interesting topic. quick question I-phone or the Android? which one is better?

ronnie hansen said

at 2:20 pm on Apr 28, 2011

5 different people, you'll get different answers. I use Android, many reasons but there really is no "better" it is just opinion. Both have their PRO's and a both have a few Con's.

jt_thizzle@... said

at 3:12 pm on Apr 28, 2011

Maybe I can learn more about my android Htc inspire phone with your wiki! good information leads this nation, keep it up!

jt_thizzle@... said

at 12:00 am on May 17, 2011

Dude I definitely learned something from your presentation. I alway's was an apple guy, and my buddy convinced me to get the new HTC inspire. I love it, it's not as user friendly as Apple, But the capabilities surpass them for sure.
I liked all the information that you presented to the class. I do feel like I could of sat there and chatted with you about the products for hours, but the professor only gives us 10 min.lol Android is really taking over the Apple era and I'm proud! I hate monopoly companies....It's like share the wealth man! Ne way's good job on the wiki and good job on the presentation Bro!

ericadeguzman@yahoo.com said

at 7:35 pm on Apr 28, 2011

You're wiki is coming together nicely! I'm currently deciding on whether I should get an IPhone or an Android for my next phone... had to revert back to the old school flip phone after I lost my last smart phone.. your page is definitely helpful in making this decision! Glad you were able to find so much info on the Android considering it's a relatively new technology. keep up the good work:)

Justine Cranford said

at 10:50 pm on Apr 28, 2011

Such a great job. I love all your images and videos and I have a driod so it makes this topic for me that much more interesting.

Adrian Aujero said

at 11:27 pm on Apr 28, 2011

I can see the android overtaking the iphone in a few years

dbooth said

at 12:21 am on Apr 29, 2011

I use an iPhone so I am not allowed to like your page. However, if I didn't use the iphone I'd say you did a great job, and that I really liked all the different media you used.

Aubrey Lee said

at 1:37 am on Apr 29, 2011

Hey Ronnie! "Smart phones" is misspelled i your title just FYI. I dig the topic but i feel like I have no say because I dont own an iphone or a droid. But at this rate I should probably invest... :) Nice page!!!

jt_thizzle@... said

at 8:44 am on Apr 29, 2011

GET 'R' DONE!

reilingss2b7@... said

at 6:51 pm on May 2, 2011

definitely just bought an iphone last week and it has already changed how i use mobile technology! crazy stuff! good job!

dbooth said

at 12:13 pm on May 3, 2011

Funny timing of reading/commenting on this page. My iPhone is acting all spazzy and I can't even really send any text messages, so this page was particularly intriguing. I think a good thing about the Android phones is that they aren't owned by a super conservative-private company like Apple. iPhones were only sold at ATT for the longest time which didn't allow for much expansion. I just saw a few weeks ago that Amazon.com now has a gigantic APP store specifically for the Android system. Partnering up with a very reliable, affordable company like Amazon was a really smart move. I wanted to buy two albums on iTunes that would have costed me $9.99 each. I went over to Amazon.com and they were $5, and $7.50.

Lena Zubaid said

at 10:46 pm on May 4, 2011

Ronnie, I like your subject, very relevant to our generation. I feel like Droids will be the next best thing, after it gets more popular. I think that you could have made a better format for your Wiki but other than that I think you did a good job. I think there could have been a little more subheadings to make things more organized but I think you have good sources and information, and your statistics look good and interesting. You could have spaced things out a little bit to make it look organized and longer just for the interest of others, when something looks all clumped up it usually does not look good, but I really like your Wiki. Good job.

ericadeguzman@yahoo.com said

at 11:24 pm on May 8, 2011

****add comment to my previous comment posted above***
I’m happy to see the end result of your wiki. I know when we had talked about it.. you were worried about if you'd find enough resources considering the Android is a fairly new technology but I’m glad you were able to get it all together! Great job! And I really really like your “global movement: better understanding the smartphone” video. It definitely summed up the smartphone for me and gave me a better understanding of the technology ☺

sekashiwa@gmail.com said

at 1:37 am on May 12, 2011

I loved that you made a wiki about the Android phones because I have one and I don't think they get the credit they deserve. Especially lately they've definitely surprassed the iphone in terms of features. The app store isn't as good, but almost everything is free or at least really cheap. I did see in Wired magazine the article about how the Android has surpassed the iphone but I think that the label alone will make people want the latter more. Plus it's an apple thing and while I do like Apple computers, the phone has disappointed me. I also was very interested in your section on smartphones and how we use them in almost everything we do. The stat about using smartphones in the bathroom made me laugh. Great wiki!

Serena Sharma said

at 5:58 pm on May 12, 2011

It was nice to hear about a phone other than Iphone for once. As time goes on I always hear people saying that Android is so much better than most smart phones out there. From the stats you’ve provided it seems like there are way more free apps for android than any other phone so its worth investing into. Another interesting thing in your wiki is that people use the internet from their phones so much that there are not many people using their computers or laptops. I would definitely think that many people will soon start to get smart phones because it really does make some things a lot more convenient. Good job with the overall wiki.

Juleane said

at 9:28 pm on May 12, 2011

I have an Android phone that makes me feel so techy though it's not an iphone I still think it's incredible. The phone I had before was a chocolate so pretty much my Android IS my iphone upgrade. In my family there's a Verizon vs. iphone war and I actually think us verizon users are winning! (but of course not for long). It was refreshing I have to admit to hear someone talk about an Android phone and not the iphone for once. Smart phones are still a marvel to me and like you said they have technology similar to that of a computer?! Who comes up with this?! Genius, but still again like you said 10 years ago I don't know anyone who would have dreamed that we would be where we are in terms of mobile/smart phone devices. Seriously, saying phone doesn't cut it anymore someone needs to rename it because that's just a small portion of it's capacity!

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