Gone are the golden days of Apple and Blackberry as the new race of platforms for our trendy gadgets swarm the market. With the emergence of the Android platforms all over the world, sweet-toothed gadget aficionados dig into these products raising the level of competition between brands like Mac and Windows in high bars.

Android is basically a mobile operating system for mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets, specially developed by Google in cooperation with Open Handset Alliance. It was unveiled in the public last 2007 and rapidly took the top spot for the best selling smartphone platform in 2010. Since its release it has undergone a number of upgrades to its base operating system. Typically, new updates are named after a dessert, that’s why I’m officially tagging the Android line as the Modern Dessert Factory. It makes a whole lot of appeal to the public since it has been a notion of putting names of fruits and candies in electronic devices. The more ironic the name is, the more appealing it becomes for the consumers.
So just to elaborate the line-up of the Android OS, let me present to the menu of  my online “pastry-shop”!
Menu 1: The ÉCLAIR (Android 2.0 and 2.1)
                Éclair is typically a long cream-filled pastry which was originated in France but the makers of Android defined it in two flavors, the Éclair 2.0 and Éclair 2.1. The former comes with an update in web browser, user interface, camera app features; and supports HTML5 and the W3C Geolocation API. The latter comes with voice controls, more number of homescreens; improved weather, phonebook and phonebook apps.

Picture from Wikipedia: Froyo
Menu2: Froyo (Android 2.2)
               This is my favorite dessert in the Android line. It is a short contraction of “Frozen Yoghurt”. The Android’s 2.2 version includes speed improvements with JIT optimization and Chrome V8 Javascript engine, added wifi hotspot tethering, and Adobe Flash Support. 

Picture from Wikipedia: Gingerbread Cake

Menu 3:  Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
Typically gingerbread is the same as the gingerbread man in our nursery rhymes which can be describe as a variety of sweet food products with ranges from a moist cake to biscuits. While Android developed it to have refined user interface, soft keyboard features and support for Near Field Communications.

Menu4: Honeycomb(Android 3.0)
Picture from Wikipedia: Honeycomb
While the real Honeycomb is just a honey bee hexagonal wax cell which contains honey and pollen, the Android’s version has three variants (3.0, 3.1, 3.2). The 3.0 is the tablet-oriented release for larger screen devices, advanced UI, supports multi-core processors and improved graphics hardware speed. This line includes the Honeycomb SDK for Motorola Xoom tablets which was released last February. The Honeycomb 3.1 allows Honeycomb devices to directly transfer content from USB devices. And the 3.2 version broadens the range of screen sizes, “zoom-to-fill” screen compatibility mode, directly load media files from SD card; providing developers with more precise control over the user interface.
Picture from Wikipedia
Menu5: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
If you think you just can get enough of sweets, well then this could be right for you big appetite. This is designed to be a combination of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Likewise, this will hit the market in the last quarter of this year. And for those Android geeks out there who would want to can a glimpse of the product, hold your breath for this…
Picture courtesy from Android Police
                Dig in! Desserts in my pastry shop are free. I just don’t know if the same goes with the Android brand. So, would you rather say that the world would be much easier if éclair, froyo,  gingerbread, honeycomb and icecream sandwich would just be a plain dessert in your local coffee shop?

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