Android is an operating system developed by Google as an open-source project. It has been used primarily for smartphones and tablets, but was also modified in order to be used for TVs, cars, and wrist watches.


  • Allows running multiple applications at the same time
  • Supports different types of hardware
  • Uses a mainstream development language - Java
  • Low cost
  • Customizable
  • Good security; applications do not have access to system resources unless they ask the user for those permissions before being installed


  • The source code needs to be adapted for each device individually, which means that companies that produce smartphones may deliver version updates slowly for older devices, or not at all.


  • Application framework
  • Dalvik virtual machine
  • SQLite
  • Media support
  • Integrated browser

Development tools

  • Eclipse
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • Android Studio


  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Android 2.3.3 - 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)
  • Android 4.0.3 - 4.0.7 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x (Jelly Bean)
  • Android 4.4.0 - 4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • Android 5.0.0 - 5.0.2, 5.1.x (Lollipop)

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