Android enabled phones are very popular in India. The reasons are very obvious. When we talk about Android it’s not just operating system but also middleware and applications which comprises of the complete set of software. It is truly an open source software giving developers a clear edge on developing applications which makes the most of the handset has to offer. It is built on the open Linux Kernel. Since it is an open source, new cutting edge technologies can be incorporated to build new applications which make it ever evolving. Innovation and input of vast number of versatile developers guarantees the platform’s emergence as most popular and advantageous for the users.
In India languages play a major role in communication and if communicating device supports multiple languages then nothing like that. Android does that and much more. Relational database named SQLite is used for data storage and it supports GSM/EDGE, CDMA, EV_DO, UMTS, and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC and WiMAX connecting technologies. In India since most of the users love to connect with each other in various ways which includes SMS, MMS, text messaging and now the latest Android Cloud to Device Messaging. Android enabled phones have numerous applications which can be downloaded on mobile-sets as per the users’ requirements and needs. An easier, cheaper and customized application makes it very popular with Indians. These applications are mostly written in Java language and Android software development kit is used for the development purpose.
Applications which are most popular can be classified as general apps, Games, Emulators and communication. Applications like Tomdroid and barcode reader are the latest. The former is a note taking application with online sync and the latter is an app for reading bar codes. Apart from the regular apps like calculator and Calendar, Location is getting more and more popular. It works like a good GPS and helps us locate our current position on maps. Not only that, it can help up us locate people in our network. Apps like Facebook, Twitter and other Google based social networking sites are easily available for all the Android based mobile phones. It’s revolutionizing to think of accessing all these apps without actually logging in to PCs and netbooks. On one hand apps like Android’s Fortune which is basically quotes and fortune cookie program makes life interesting, on the other hand apps like Open manager (File manager) and FBReaderJ (e-book reader) makes life simpler. Music players and games are accessible to us like never before. These apps are just tip of the iceberg. There are many more.The most poular Android phones are HTC Sensation XL, HTC Evo 3D, Motorola Rrazr XT910, Samsung Galaxy Note, Micromax Andro A60 etc.
The key to popularity of Android lies in having a choice for users like never before. They are pampered with a vast range of applications on one hand and its easy availability and accessibility on the other hand. Free and open source software has made developers contribute from all over the world while local developers can understand local needs and create accordingly. The very essence of free and open source software is visible in day to day life of average but now powerful users.