Those carrying around smartphones tend to know that they are holding an Iphone in their hand or a blackberry, but sometimes there is confusion about Android powered phones.
Android runs these devices:
HTC/Google Nexus 1
HTC Dream (G1)
HTC Droid Eris
HTC MyTouch 3G
HTC MyTouch 3G Slide
HTC EVO 4G
Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid 2
Motorola Droid Milestone
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S Pro
Samsung Behold 2
And many, many more to come!
There are also many phones in development that will be on the market in the coming months or year from manufacturers such as Sony, LG, Archos, Acer, Dell, Philips, and Kyocera.
Smartphones – Blackberry, Iphone, Palm …what is Android?
Put simply: Android is Google’s new operating system for cellphones.
Android is still in its infancy, however it is quickly proliferating throughout the United States on all major cellular networks and across the world in models available from numerous manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola, and many others. The first Android phone was the HTC Dream, AKA: G1, released on Tmobile in October of 2008 and it took a year before the next android phone offering was on store shelves.
Many people try to review the Iphone versus various Android powered phones, as well they should, but for our purposes, as an app publisher, it is most prudent to clearly explain the main differences between the platform ideologies rather than try to describe minute, individual differences that are likely to change very quickly as hardware and software developments progress at light speed!
These ideological differences must be separated into the categories of software design/capabilities and the available hardware options (read: actual devices.) To paint the picture with a broad brush, one can think of it like this: Iphone is to Macintosh Computer as Android is to Windows Machine. This is not to say that Microsoft has anything to do with Android, in fact they have their own more mature, competing operating system called Windows Mobile (WinMo) which runs on many carriers and devices. This comparison is made to familiarize the idea to the reader that much like all of the HP, Dell, Gateway, etc. PC’s running various versions of the windows operating system – Android has a similar disposition. Google’s Android is not just the Verizon Droid or the newly released Nexus One, but rather an entire lineup of cellphones, coming tablet PC’s, and even appliances with various levels of capabilities and features all running similar builds and versions of a common operating system.
The most common comparison discussed by users of both Iphones and Android phones, which is quantitative, would be the number of apps available for download in the Itunes store versus the number of apps in Google’s equivalent Android Market:
As of January 2010 the numbers appeared to be: 100,000+ apps for Iphones compared to ~15,000+ apps for Android phones (varies by model and carrier)
As of March 2010 the numbers appeared to be: 120,000+ apps for Iphones compared to ~40,000+ apps for Android phones (varies by model and carrier)
Android is a growing force and will most likely become the ‘Windows’ of the mobile world at some point in the not so distant future. There are other organized android app publishers out there like us that are working very hard to release high quality, impressive games. Please contact us if you would like to know more about Iphone, Blackberry, or Android app publishing and marketing!