The trends in the world of technology are shifting with each passing moment and people are moving from heavy and conventional devices to light weight and mobile devices. The most important example in this regard is that of Smartphones and tablet devices. And while the battle on the hardware front is at its peak, the battle for software dominance in the industry is also accelerating. At present, iOS and Android OS are two major operating systems found on Smartphones and tablet devices and the war of dominance between these two giants is probably the most important news of the industry.
Before the introduction of Android OS by Google, the industry of mobile devices was almost completely dominated by iOS from Apple. This continued for a while before Android seriously challenged the monopoly of iOS and eventually started gaining widespread acceptance from tech giants as well as common users. The most important factor contributing in the fame of Android was its open source nature and it was this factor that attracted the developers from all over the world to simultaneously use and contribute for Android.
Google officially launched Android for mobile device in late 2007 and only within three years, the OS has increased in popularity among the youngsters as compared to its rival, iOS. After Google acquired Android, it has released various versions of the OS for Smartphones as well as tablet devices. The first major version that was released for Smartphones was named Android 1.5 Cupcake. This version brought an overall improvement in previously simple Android OS and also established Android market.
However, Android market at that time was only in its infant stages and hence Android community was quite limited. After Cupcake, Google further advanced Android with the launch of the next version with the name of 1.6 Donut. A couple of more versions were also released after Donut but the version that established the solid foundations and bright future for Android was 2.2 Froyo. This version brought some quite noteworthy improvements in the overall interface and applications of the OS.
By the time the next version of Android, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, was released, Android had been established as the only rival of iOS in the market of mobile devices. Most of the tech giants of the industry such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG and Sony preferred to use Android OS on their Smartphones and tablet devices. The version of Android developed exclusively for the tablet devices was named Android Honeycomb and was released in late 2010.
Most of the renowned tablet devices in the market such as Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Sony S1, HTC Flyer and others have used Android Honeycomb. The future certainly seems very bright for Android. However, after Google recently purchased Motorola, the partnership between Google and Samsung might be affected since Google might emerge as a competitor of Samsung.
This might further affect the popularity of Android since Samsung was the main reason behind the immense success and popularity of the OS. But the popularity that Android has gained does not seem to decline in near future, considering that most of the young people purchasing Smartphones prefer to purchase Android.