Android is arguably the most advanced and widely popular mobile operating system in the world today and over a billion Android users around the world support that claim. This astonishing feat is not something anyone can achieve easily. The key elements behind this success are very simple. Android is an open source platform that allows unmatched freedom. Sure, Apple comes with a development tools suite that is very useful but what it does not give is the amount of freedom Android can. Other strong competitors like Google and Verizon are incrementing and implementing to the same amount of freedom that Android allows hoping to generate more revenue and so far, the results are very satisfying. Hundreds and thousands of people around the world are converting to Android. These people belong to all sorts of life circles. A common cell phone user to a Chief executive of a corporate company now prefers Android to attain the results and satisfaction they are looking for.
The first Android phone to be released was the G1, developed by HTC and released in 2008. Running Android 1.0, this phone had many of the features currently found in Android phones, including synchronization with the users Google account and the Android Market for downloading phone apps. Since then, there have been many updates to the Android operating system - major updates are given the name of a dessert. The newest version of Android for mobile phones is Android 2.3.4, Gingerbread. Designed for use on 4G phones with increased performance and speed, Gingerbread provides better video playback and support for front facing cameras for video conferencing.
Mobile phones running the Android operating system all have a similar set of features provided by the OS. The Android OS is made to be run on smart phones, phones which can run a variety of Java based applications that give the phone added functionality. In addition to basic phone and text/media messaging service, Android phones have a variety of web based services and applications. Android phones are connected with the owner Google account, allowing access to Gmail and Google Calendar as well as a variety of other applications. In addition to wireless internet and Bluetooth connectivity, Android phones allow for wireless tethering - using the phone as a modem to connect a laptop computer to the internet. All android phones allow for streaming video, with the latest models able to connect to the 4G network and video conferencing using Google Talk. The most well known aspect of the Android platform is access to the Android Market. Similar to the Apple App Store, the Android Market allows users to download applications and games for their phone, many of which are free.
Android Applications have worked wonders for the business and corporate sector around the globe. Android application development has a very low-budget barrier. You practically do not have to worry about the costs at all. Android apps are coded in Java and it is relatively easier development language as compared to others. With a right team and tools, you can create wonderful Android apps in no time. Expert Android application developers take advantage of the freedom of programming Android allows them and can create custom Android applications to suit all your business needs. Android has very flexible and effective distribution mechanism that increases Android apps availability to a wide circle of users around the world. A number of third-party mobile application stores e.g. Google Android Market plays host to thousands of apps ready to be downloaded and used freely.You do not need to follow strict rules and go through policy matters to get to your desired app and since there is no monopoly Google Android market, you have several other options to look at. This gives you complete budget control allowing you to focus on other important matters.
The Android operating system allows phones to be produced by many manufacturers. With the current generation of 4G phones, the leading producers are Motorola and Samsung. Motorola is the creator of the Droid line of phones - a series that were made popular by their availability with Verizon service in the United States. The Droid X2, the latest model in the Droid series, includes a multi-touch interface, 8 GB of memory along with an 8 GB micro SD card for storage, and an 8 megapixel camera with built in video recorder. Samsung is the other major producer of Android phones and have collaborated with Google on the Nexus S. The Nexus was the first phone to use the new Gingerbread operating system and included a powerful processor and 512 MB of RAM. The Nexus S has 16 GB of internal storage and can access the 4G network using a Sprint service plan. Other companies such as HTC produce Android phones as well, giving the consumer a wide variety of choices when trying to choose the best Android phone for their needs.
It’s been around a year since the global pandemic forced students across the country to shift to distance learning and online presentations in a virtual setting. With schools rapidly adopting Chromebooks thanks to Google’s attractive platform, the developers at Google are working on native tools for Chrome OS to help students and teachers amp up their online presentations.
We’ve been tracking a new feature called ‘Projector’ in the Chromium Gerrit since January of this year. The Projector component adds native slideshow tools to Chrome OS, making your Chromebook better equipped for presentations. While there currently isn’t a Chrome flag to enable it, we managed to activate a hidden prototype of the feature in the latest Chrome OS Canary channel. Here’s an early look.
An early prototype of Projector docks to the left side of the screen.
The presentation tools are easily accessible from the Chrome OS quick settings. Once selected, a bar holding a screen recorder and Key idea button will dock itself at the screen’s center-left. The screen recorder will be a useful tool for professors who upload their lectures online so students can refer back to them. We’re not exactly sure what the Key idea (star) button will do, but we think it could emphasize a specific word or bullet-point. None of Projector’s features are functional at the moment (including the drag handles), so this is just a glimpse of what’s coming to Chromebooks.
Google plans to add even more presentation tools to the upcoming Projector. By digging in the Chromium Gerrit, we were able to uncover three more tools in development that’ll soon find their way onto Projector: laser pointer, speech recognition, and markers. The pointer and marker should help teachers draw students’ attention to a specific part of a slide. The speech recognition feature is interesting: it looks like it’ll use the same backend that powers Android’s Live Caption, which is an incredible addition for hard-to-hear lectures.
With schools accelerating their digital education plans in the wake of region lockdowns, adding a host of easy-to-use presentation tools will give institutions even more reasons to switch over to Google’s desktop platform. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for changes and will follow up when we discover more.