NadMaj Android Guides Chapter 1: Introduction to Android

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Before we teach and guide you guys about flashing stuff or even making your own custom roms and modifications, and all that, you need to know first what Android basically is. Wether or not you are new to Android, learning the it from the start is always a good experience.

Part I: History
Android is an open source OS founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White in 2003. It is based upon the Linux kernel, but featured many changes and modifications.

In 2005, Google saw it’s potential and acquired Android Inc. where they started to put much more effort into it’s development.  And in 2007 Android was finally unveiled for OEM’s to build on. A year later the first Android-powered phone, the HTC Dream, was launched.

Part II: open source
And since Android is open source,  it is free to be modified and distributed by OEMs which made Android even more appealing to manufacturers, developers, and consumers.

Why is Android open source? What to gain from it?
The biggest benefit from making a code open is the input of many contributors (people who makes changes and submit them to the original source code maintainers), Development time is expensive, and external third party contributions can be a great help and give real savings and a great example of this is CyanogenMod.

Part III: Features of Android
Ok, so what are the features of Android?
The Android OS has undergone many versions. from 1.5 (Cupcake) to 4.4 (KitKat), here’s the overall idea of what it offers:

– You can run almost any app or widget so you can do what you want to do.
– Search the web, get driving directions…or watch cat videos.
– Make your home screen just how you want it. Arrange apps and widgets across multiple -screens and in folders. Stunning live wallpapers respond to your touch.
– Voice Typing lets you input text, and Voice Actions let you control your phone, just by speaking.
– Sensors make Android great for gaming – so you can touch, tap, tilt, and play away.
– Simple, beautiful and beyond smart design.
– Fast and smooth with buttery graphics.
– million of apps and games in Google Play

Note that Android is open source so more features and user interface can be added depending on the brand of your device.

Part IV:  What makes Android different and the Android development scene
Did i make enough highlight of the word open source? Well I’m sure you get it already.
What makes Android unique from other operating systems out there is it is open source. OEMs can imprint their own signature over the software which makes it distinctive from other Android device. Customization is very high that you can have two of the same device that looks and works entirely different with the other.

If you are new to Android you may not know that the Android development scene is blossoming that some OEMs themselves donates some units to developers just to develop some customization and build apps and games for them. Well “Some”.
One good example of a Android developer site is the xda developers forum where you can find countless UI and function modification for several android devices.

Part V:
Android is indeed a great OS that is only growing and growing as time passes by but there are more things that you can do with your Android device than what it gives you out of the box. and we at OmegaDroid promises to show you Android from all sides, so if you want to learn more about Android, Subscribe, and follow us for the next guide/tutorial.

References:
Android
Wikipedia
xda university

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A master of soft-bricking his devices, NadMaj is an Android enthusiast to the core. He also makes Android themes and modifications at xda-developers to spread his soft-brick curse so beware!
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