Features of Android
Now you know what it is. But what can it do? Here's a list of Android's handiest features:
Android can adapt to traditional smartphone layouts, as well other VGA, 2D, and 3D graphics libraries.
Android uses SQLite to store all its junk-- I mean, information.
Android supports a wide variety of technologies, including Bluetooth, WiFi, GSM/EDGE, and EV-DO.
MMS and SMS are available for Android, as well as threaded text messaging. So you can send as many texties as you like.
Android comes pre-loaded with the WebKit application. Remember, if you don't like it, you can always switch it out for something else later on thanks to the open source nature of the Google Android backend.
Software you write in Java can be compiled in Dalvik Bytecodes (say that five times fast. I keep ending up with "Danish lightbulb".) These can then be put into a Dalvik Virtual Machine. Basically more robust applications are supported than on some other Mobile Operating Systems.
Android supports a wide range of audio, video, media, and still formats. MPEG-4, OGG, and AAC are just a few of these. Unfortunately the Media Player as its known right now is pretty basic, although more robust offerings on are the horizon from 3rd Party developers.
- Additional Hardware Support
Got a touchscreen you want to put to its full use? No problem. Android is capable of utilizing outside hardware like GPS, accelerometers, and all that other fun stuff.