The success of Android has made it a target for patent (and copyright) litigation as part of the so-called "smartphone wars" between technology companies.
The early intentions of the company were to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras.
In addition to touchscreen devices, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface.
Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles, digital cameras, and other electronics.
Though, when it was realized that the market for the devices was not large enough, the company diverted its efforts toward producing a smartphone operating system that would rival Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
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Android has the largest installed base of all operating systems (OS) of any kind.
Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance – a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Android's user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input.
With an Android Wear smartwatch you can read and respond to messages, even when your phone isn’t with you.
And with it’s always-on display, you’ll always see important info like time, calls and notifications.* Browse Wear Explore a selection of Android applications that you can use to make your Android phone, tablet, wearable, auto console and television one-of-a-kind.