For years now, Google's Android operating system for mobile devices has been the main alternative to to Apple's iOS platform (in use on iPhones and iPads). Users who are fed up with Apple's limitations (Flash support, anyone?), or just Apple's immense popularity typically turn to an Android device – even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. But beginners may have a hard time navigating the multiple (and oddly-named) Android iterations. To that end, we present this handy guide to get you started.
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Most of the budget Android tablets run this OS, or different versions of it. Click to explore the world of Gingerbread, Android 2.3.
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This OS is the mainstay of the litany of 10.1-inch tablets running Android. About to be replaced by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), click to explore Android's tablet OS.
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Next up in the line of Android operating systems is Ice Cream Sandwich. Adding a slew of new features across smartphones as well as tablets, this OS brings a lot to the table(t).
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The latest version of Android, Jelly Bean launched in July 2012 as the latest-and-greatest of Android. Boasting Google Now, an improved voice search, smoother animations and responsiveness, this is now the OS to beat, as it is more feature-laden and customizable than any other OS on the market currently.
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