What is Android Operating System for Mobile Phones?
Android since it's creation in 2008 became popular and displaced other popular mobile phone Operating Systems like Nokia's Symbian Operating System. Although, there were other OS that were in the market before it (Android Operating System) was launched, Android has climbed to the top and remained the Number one OS for almost all smartphones.
Android is an operating system designed for mobile phones and similar devices like tablets. The Android Operating System was designed and developed by Google. It was officially launched in 2008 and has been making waves in the smartphone industry.
Initially Android was developed to work in only mobile phones. The first three versions were only for mobile phones. Subsequent versions were developed later on for only tablets, and then compatible versions for tablets and phones.
Android has managed to maintain it's position as the number one Operating System for smartphones apart from iPhones of course. A huge contributing factor to this feat is the fact that Android is majorly an open source software, meaning that other developers can also work on it. This quality has made the development of Android apps very easy and popular.
In 2020, there were over 2.95 million Android apps on Google Play Store. This massive mobile app collection has made Android OS an ecosystem of it's own right.
Another contributing factor to the relevance of the Android OS is that, Android is consistently updated and new versions are developed regularly to meet the growing and changing needs of smart phone users.
One funny tidbit about Android OS is that most of the versions were named after sweets and pastries. Below are all the versions of Android OS from it's first development till present.