Android OS – Boom in Mobile Operating System | Sedulity Groups

Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices such as
smartphones and tablet computers, developed by Google in conjunction
with the Open Handset Alliance. It had a worldwide smartphone market
share of 59% at the beginning of 2012, and as of year 2012 there were
500 million devices activated and 1.3 million activations per day.
There are a host of advantages that Android OS has like Open Platform/ License Free, Robust OS Kernel, Innovative Library Packages,
Easy Application Development, Rapid Improvement, etc.
The advantages are listed below:-

The ability for anyone to customize the Google Android platform will
open up the applications playing field to small and new players who lack
the financial muscle to negotiate with wireless carriers like AT&T
and Orange. Features like weather details, opening screen, live RSS
feeds and even the icons on the opening screen will be able to be
Wide range of applications
The consumer will benefit from having a wide range of mobile applications to choose from since the monopoly will be broken by Google
Android. Also, the entertainment functionalities will be taken a notch
higher by Google Android being able to offer online real time
multiplayer games. 
Google Map Applications
Google Maps for Mobile has been hugely popular, and Android offers a
Google Map as an atomic, reusable control for use in your applications.
The Map View widget lets you display, manipulate, and annotate a Google
Map within your Activities to build map-based applications using the
familiar Google Maps interface. In addition, as a result of many mobile
phones carrying Google Android, companies will come up with such
innovative products like the location – aware services that will provide
users with any information they might be in need of. This information
could include knowing the location of a nearby convenience store or
filling station.
Background Services and Applications
Background services let you create applications that use an event-driven
model, working silently while other applications are being used or
while your mobile sits ignored until it rings, flashes, or vibrates to
get your attention. Maybe it’s an application that tracks the stock
market, alerting you to significant changes in your portfolio, or a
service that changes your ring tone or volume depending on your current
location, the time of day, and the identity of the caller.
Shared Data and Inter process Communication
Using Intents and Content Providers, Android lets your applications
exchange messages, perform processing, and share data. You can also use
these mechanisms to leverage the data and functionality provided by the
native Android applications. To mitigate the risks of such an open
strategy, each application’s process, data storage, and files are
private unless explicitly shared with other applications using a full
permission-based security mechanism.
All Applications Are Created Equal
Android doesn’t differentiate between native applications and those
developed by third parties. This gives consumers unprecedented power to
change the look and feel of their devices by letting them completely
replace every native application with a third-party alternative that has
access to the same underlying data and hardware. Every rule needs an
exception and this one has two. The “unlock” and “in-call experience”
screens cannot be replaced in the initial SDK release.
P2P Inter device Application Messaging
Android offers peer-to-peer messaging that supports presence, instant
messaging, and inter device/ inter application communication.