A Day after Day Only with Android Is More Than Possible: a Reality

Five years and three months have passed since Google launch the first version of the operating system Android and since then it has come long way.

So much so that I can confirm, in a personal way, that you can spend your day to day with Android without having to resort to a desktop operating system, read Windows, GNU/Linux or Mac. 4.4 Android KitKat It is more than enough for the vast majority of people as an operating system for its day to day.

I am almost sure that many of you think the same thing (other otherwise) and I encourage us let your vision about the need for computers dual-boot (Windows / Android) as ASUS Transformer Book Duet or the all-in-one Lenovo we’ve seen at CES 2014.

The arrival of Android, a bit of history

Once upon a time fraught with mobile phone ecosystem of an operating system called the big driver of smart phones along with an operating system known as Windows Mobile and Symbian. There was another series of phones, aimed at business users with BlackBerry OS and then, year 2007, came Apple with iOS, iPhone and its capacitive touch revolution.

Since then until today, six years later, it has completely changed the landscape. Let’s see what direction took the manufacturer and the mobile ecosystem to give rise to Android was born and has both curdled in the market.

  • Symbian, operating system used by Nokia for their advanced phones, is experiencing a revival thanks to your bet by the natural evolution of Windows Mobile. However they lost years ago traction after the launch of Nokia N95 and the stubbornness of the company to adapt the Symbian interface to the touch trend rather than consider a new system.They tried to do so, although late, Symbian Belle as well as an environmentally-friendly approach to a new platform (Meego). Finally Nokia put all meat on the spit on Windows Phone for smartphones and Asha as featured phones, which resemble the phones of 2006.
  • BlackBerry OS, the Canadian company, which was then known as RIM had a behavior similar to Nokia slightly to evolve its own operating system to the new BlackBerry OS 10. However this movement has come late, verand thete, so that it is not clear to the porvernir of BlackBerry in the market, with increasingly smaller quotas.
  • Windows Mobile, Microsoft’s operating system evolved slightly after the arrival of iOS and saw the release of Windows Mobile 6 but did not have the expected success and was not until 2009 when he saw light Windows Mobile 6.5 optimized for touch screens. Microsoft knew how to react to launch a system completely refreshed and focused to touch interface that stood out on the rest of platforms for its simplicity and fluidity. We are talking about Windows Phone that was released at the end of 2010, as Windows Phone 7.Today we have on the Windows Phone 8 market and the market has responded positively to Microsoft bet although there is still a long way to go.

As you can see, it seems that Apple’s iPhone and its capacitive touch interface He caught by surprise the rest of manufacturers and software developers who were taken with skepticism this type of mobile solution and its slow reaction generated a vacuum in the sector who knew well how to take advantage of Google with Android.

In essence the first version of Android displayed a simple interface, focused touch use, with a drawer of applications, notifications and customizable Desktop toolbar. It came as a free operating system based on Linux that many manufacturers bet view the absence of alternatives to ‘touch revolution’ which brought with it iPhone.

The evolution of Android since 2008

Google’s operating system was officially born in the terminal that became known as the HTC Dream on October 2008 and after it we saw as many manufacturers let themselves fall in love with the magic of the operating system Android.

In fact, the open nature and the app store with a price and much lower rates than the Apple as well as much lower prices than the elitist iPhone served as a claim for both application developers and end users.

Android has been year after year gaining traction in all markets to, according to countries, such as the most popular choice.

Android development

The evolution of the operating system has been remarkable and we are going to do a brief review of the same highlighting the main news of each new version. Did you know that the first version of Android required the use of a physical keyboard because there was no keyboard on the screen.? Take a look at our overview:

Android evolution, from 1.0 to 4.4

    • Android 1.0 Apple Pie (September 2008): was the first version of Android, HTC Dream, also known as T-Mobile G1-integrated. Native support of Google services, management of email and chat via G Talk, Google Maps and the now-defunct Latitude, among others he brought with him. Already had Media Player (could not play video by that entoncs) and an initial and basic camera support.Other applications are the typical alarm, calculator, dial (phone), home (launcher), images (Gallery) and settings screen. This version served as a letter of presentation of the platform, the app store and the centralized system of notifications that has finished taking also Apple in the latest iOS versions.
    • Android 1.1 Banana Bread (February 2009): February 9, 2009 came to HTC Dream this update which brought with it the solution of bugs and improvements as for example the download of file attachments in e-mail messages. As we say, this version was only for HTC Dream and meanwhile Google is working full steam in the next version.
    • Android 1.5 Cupcake (April 2009): this version was with that Google took off really thanks to the integration of virtual keyboard and the possibility of advanced video and audio recording. Also arrived widgets desktop and an improvement in the support of Bluetooth, integrated support A2DP. The transitions between windows is done through animations which gave a great visual appearance.
    • Android 1.6 Donut (September 2009): as you can see the frequency of update in this part of the life Android is very high, innovations do not stop coming as for example the advanced search on the entire device, multi-touch gestures, text to speech synthesis and support different screen densities resulting in devices with better resolutions and screen size support for WVGA (800 x 480).Android Market, so it was known initially Play Store, improvement thanks to a redesign and facilitating the search for applications. The section of the camera stand continues to improve.
    • Android 2.0 Eclair (October 2009): this version became a number of devices since many manufacturers decided to wait until the next version. The improvements include support for Bluetooth 2.1, support of accounts (including Microsoft Exchange), more centralized service available settings on the camera, new interface of the browser with the arrival of the HTML5 support.
    • Android 2.1 Eclair (January 2010): this version maintained the name of version since it was one minor update and introduced improvements such as the animated wallpapers or voice recognition that allows you to transcribe what they say to text.
    • Android 2.2 Froyo (May 2010): arrive at the version that brought with it an improvement in overall performance thanks to the inclusion of a new JIT compiler, allowing you to get a yield of between 2 and 5 times which was achieved in previous versions of Android. In addition it introduces Adobe Flash 10.1 support and begins to use the Chrome javascript engine in the browser.With Froyo became also the possibility to install apps on SD card, instead of the limited internal memory smartphones then. But that’s not all, also came the ability to enable automatic updating of applications and the integration of third-party apps speech recognition.

      This version brought also a great improvement in terms of connectivity since it introduced tethering natively, i.e., sharing your connection to Internet by wireless mobile data to other devices. And speaking of Wi-Fi, integrated support Wi-Fi 802. 11n. The graphics also improved thanks to the arrival of the Open GL ES 2.0 API.

    • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (December 2010): in view of all the changes introduced by Froyo, Gingerbread seems a second update, but nothing further from the truth. Larger screen sizes are supported, gets cut, copy and paste functionality and keyboard becomes multitouch required if you want to write faster.Gingerbread introduced multi-camera stand, which became support of videoconferencing and even facial recognition to unlock your phone (Android 4.0 version).

      Also improved the virtual machine of Dalvík for Android that minimizes pauses the application, helping to ensure a better animation and increased responsiveness in games and applications thanks to a new garbage collector.

      VoIP/SIP telephony comes natively to Android in this version and also the support of WebM/VP8 video, AAC audio, NFC connectivity and support of more sensors (such as gyroscopes and barometers). A download manager for long downloads.

    • Android 3.0 Honeycomb (February 2011): this version was born as a parallel development of the traditional versions of Android with a focus light to tablets. The interface is completely redesigned to offer a layout and configuration ready for screens larger (default 1280 x 800 resolution). The desktop becomes format 3D cube, something that is observed when changing view. Improved notification system. Also became the OpenGL rendering hardware.This version is the first to support multi-core chips and Dalvík machine optimized for this purpose, improving the performance of all applications. With HoneyComb HID support is enabling to connect both USB and Bluetooth keyboards.

      Comes the possibility of encryption of storage as a way of providing extra security to professional users and business environments. Android 3.0 allowed to run applications from previous versions.

    • 3.1 Android HoneyComb (May 2011): introduces the possibility of using USB devices, not only as a device but as host, support of pendrives.
    • 3.2 Android HoneyComb (July 2011): this was the last version of Android tablets-focused, it offered optimizations according to the screen size of various tablets, multimedia synchronization from SD and the possibility to zoom to applications not optimized for tablet.
    • Android 4.0. x Ice Cream Sandwich (October 2011): this version is a big step forward since it unified development of the mobile branch 2.x and the tablet 3.x. Android 4.0 branch comes as operating system with revamped interface as a natural evolution of mobile range with many concepts and features taken from the version for tablets.Android 4.0 makes use of support of buttons on screen making unnecessary the manufacturers to implement hardware buttons to handle Android.

      Get the posiliblidad unlock the phone with the face via facial recognition and voice recognition is also greatly improved. This version of Android photo editing tools are integrated in real time, with tools to distort, manipulate and interact.

      Interaction with social networking is facilitated and enhanced calendar, reviewer checker, text to speech.

    • 4.1 Android Jelly Bean (July 2012): this release mainly improves the fluidity of the user interface. For this purpose various techniques, are incorporated as: vertical sync, triple buffering and increase the speed of the processor by touching the screen.Enhanced notifications with an information system expandable customized for each type of notification. Desktop Widgets can be adjusted in size. You can dictate by voice without Internet connection. Google Now can already use position, agenda and time information.

      Another Jelly Bean improvements is support for partial updates of applications, i.e., it is not necessary to download all the new application, but only what is updated although this depends directly on how have managed you application developers.

    • 4.2 Android Jelly Bean (November 2012): this release brought with it the possibility of multiuser, although only for tablets, each user account will have its own applications and configuration. Also added the ability to have widgets on the lock screen and is made using a keyboard with which we can write by dragging your finger on the letters.Jelly Bean 4.2 brought the support of Miracast, technology that replicates your Android on your TV screen in real time. As for the camera, is added the possibility of making pictures 360º – Photo Sphere, although it is a feature reserved for smartphones Nexus.
    • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (July 2013): this version brought with it new interesting in terms of graphics performance (OpenGL ES 3.0 support) as well as Bluetooth 4.0 also support him. Faster switching between users – became possible remember that only in tablets – and features have been added like for example which will autocomplete a phone to dial number.
  • 4.4 Android Kit Kat (November 2013): Google launched this new version together with your new smartphone Nexus 5 and has come to the market with many new features as I discussed last November.We emphasize fast native support for printing, optimizing performance (is able to run on devices with 512 MB of RAM), improvements to support NFC, integration of Google Now and you always hear from the desktop or the application itself.

    Reach also improvement agenda and the possibility of search numbers that you don’t have with your contacts on the Internet and identify them when information is registered. Another change is that HangOuts appropriates the management of SMS and continue with general improvements such as the mode to full-screen, transparent interface or can record interactions on screen in video.

    The improvements are many and in Nexus 5 we have also an improved camera, HDR integration and a very complete image editing system, with many of the built-in features of SnapSeed.

Click on the image to see the Android history

We have now arrived at version Android 4.4.2 (see improvements) and it seems that the Google guys still have much to contribute to the Android ecosystem.

Dual-boot systems: what are they and what are they good?

Lately we are seeing a trend in the market that promises the benefits of Android and Windows in one device. We speak of the dual-boot computers that can run Windows and Android, and as we’ve seen at CES 2014 is not only a manufacturer that committed to this.

First of all, we want to clarify that these dual-boot computers advertising does not have both operating systems installed as such. The general case is that they have a Windows operating system and on it there is a emulated or virtualized Android version. This means that you do not get all the possible performance and to run Android, have to run Windows first, implying one much larger than only Android energy consumption.

A team dual-boot allows you to work independently on Android or Windows

However there are many approaches, equipment portable type where we have an operating system and hardware running Windows on the side of the keyboard and dedicated hardware on the part of the detachable screen running Android so you can take the tablet and run on Android without problems and even access Windows from the tablet via Remote Desktop.

We also have teams that make use of Bluestacks as system to run Android applications as if they were native Windows applications, but we return to the same, it is nothing more than an emulation application-to-application and don’t have the freedom to install or run applications that want, but which are available.

The basic idea is that, a computer that runs Windows natively and allows you to make use of Google’s operating system and its applications. Intel announced in CES 2014 a system that can change from a system to another by just pressing a button, but currently there are no more details.

Android has evolved enough to be your unique S.O.

If I would question if it could happen with Android my day to day a few years ago, I would clearly say no, but it is true that today the system has evolved to a point that practically any user could work on Android in their day to day web browsing, Office Automation (remember the native print media) and games.

It is clear that it is interesting to be able to choose between a pair of options depending on the use you give it to a team, but in the case of teams dual-boot Windows/Android, I think personally that are based on an erroneous basis.

The devices they are every day more focused to the mobility and while before had many ties to your notebook or desktop for lack of certain features in Android and applications, the vast majority of those problems disappeared.

Having a team dual-boot It would only be interesting if, and only if you could manage the same data from both operating systems, i.e., access your same photos, videos and files in real time local and change are using Windows to Android to retouch a photograph because in touch with SnapSeed way you do it in a snap to Windows to continue working as you do in a traditional way , or jump to Windows on a temporary basis to continue working with Android after this.

Systems dual-boot today’s day are an I want to and I can not, good idea but not well polished, they are really two operating systems separately that not just you find a link to be able to work together. What does this imply? because we have extra unnecessary burden on our team.

What we want a dual-boot laptop whose design involves a greater size and weight than a native Android system. To use Windows or to “if I have to use it”? Do not fool yourself that is an unnecessary extra cost and weight extra you though to the take it off.

Android is an operating system very full and capable. In fact, the majority of people who use a smartphone is not capable of getting all the performance that is capable of offering. Today day can connect our Android to a TV via MiraCast (or MHL/SlimPort wired) and via Bluetooth to connect a keyboard and mouse and use it as a desktop / laptop.
Of course, many say, “already and the space for my movies and music?”. Android supports USB OTG, which implies that you could connect your pendrive or you prefer USB hard drive and accessing those data if so.

Though, to date, is more common and more useful to enjoy a NAS where to centralize everything, and can access all devices of the family.

With Android You can play, in fact there are consoles Android, you can see movies (XBMC, Plex, MX Player), working with Office documents, Preview music, Browse Internet (with or without Flash) and stay in touch with all your friends via social networks y WhatsApp.

Yet what about things you can do with your Android? Sure, but you can not deny me today with your tablet or smartphone Android you could spend days without using that desktop computer, increasingly disused.

Only very specific uses require a computer

Only very specific uses require a computer as such software tailored (read business software, PC games, father of the Declaration of income program), professions that require editing video or audio quality, music composition, i.e., tasks that require great computing power and which are developed in a way traditional for Windows platforms such / Mac.

In these cases as well as cases of professional users who have to deal with software for their work developed exclusively for it or CAD/CAM software we would be at a crossroads, but not because Android is not capable, but because there is no software already developed so that ARM as Snapdragon 800 chips have shown a power out of series.

Android, like GNU/Linux, is taking every day aesthetics very familiar, similar to the traditional Windows desktop and is something that many users could be used in a natural way without even knowing what S.O. used.

Conclusion

In most cases you can live your day to day routine with Android by your side and is only a matter of time that Google ends up covering these fringes that remain in certain situations in which there is no more room than resorting to a PC, either physically or through Remote Desktop.

You be able to live your day to day only with Android? -Xatakandroid

Insurance you will be thinking many of you that it is not possible, but first of all, please make an examination of conscience for the use that you do day by day the PC and see what could do in Android and probably more comfortable and easily.

After that, we encourage you to share with us your impressions about the world dual-boot or if you could only live with Android in the reviews.

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