What is it: Android is a mobile operating system, based on the Linux kernel, used on many devices from mobile phones and tablets, to smart TVs and set-top boxes.
So, give me some background: Android was founded in 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. It was then acquired by Google in 2005, before the Open Handset Alliance consortium was unveiled in 2007, aiming to develop the world’s first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. The HTC Dream, more well-known as the T-Mobile G1, has the distinction of being the first commercially available Android device, launching in 2008. Since 2008, Android has come leaps and bounds, with the Nexus range launching in 2010, Android One and Android TV launching in 2014, and the new Pixel range being released in 2016.
Who uses it?: Android is used by many manufacturers, including Google, HTC, Samsung, Alcatel, ZTE, Blackberry and many more. It can be used on mobile phones, tablets, an smart TVs amongst other things. There’s even a project to install Android on PC known as Android-x86. It’s open-source, easy to develop for, and heavily customisable compared to other Mobile OSes. There are also amazing innovations like Android Pay, enabling you to pay for things using your phone, as well as full Cast support to Google’s Chromecast devices.
What do I think?: I will always be the first to admit my love for Android, I have been a user for many years over many devices, and have loved watching the growth and innovations that Google have added year-on-year. If you want a phone that you can make feel like your own, with the option to add non-store apps without having to “jailbreak” (root), then I would highly suggest looking for a device running Android.