Android is a Linux based Operating System developed by Google and Open Handset Alliance.However, with the booming sales of Android-based phones, the demand for supporting applications is also increasing.

Android provides various built-in features and flexibility to develop a diverse range of mobile applications. The developers can easily build complex application by writing managed code in the Java language and controlling the device by using the Java libraries developed by Google.

Some of the features of Android are listed below:

• Enables data transfer across various networks like, GSM, CDMA, EDGE, Bluethooth,   Wi-Fi, EV-DO, and UMTS.
• Comprehensive libraries for 2D and 3D graphics.
• Wide range of libraries for image, video, and audio files.
• The format supported includes MPEG4, H.263, H.264, AMR, AMR-WB, MP3, AAC, JPG,   BMP, GIF, PNG, WAV, and MIDI.
• Inter process Communication (IPC) message passing.
• SQLite for data storage.
• Export and signing apps for publishing.

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