Our glossary explains basic terms and abbreviations relating to mobile working, the use of smartphones and tablets in the corporate environment (Enterprise Mobility) and security aspects in the use of mobile devices.
Mobile operating system
Android is a mobile operating system based on Linux. It was developed by the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), a consortium of 83 companies, which in turn was founded by Google. In contrast to Apple’s iOS, Android is so-called open source software, which means that the source code is public and freely accessible. Android runs on smartphones and tablets, but also on smart TVs and other end devices.
Android smartphones and tablets
Most of the current smartphone manufacturers rely on Android; for example, Samsung’s Galaxy models, Nokia smartphones and Google’s Pixel phones run Android.
The big exception remains Apple with its iOS and iPadOS devices. With Android Enterprise, there is a dedicated platform for procuring, setting up and managing Android smartphones in a corporate context. The operator is the US technology group Google Inc.