Before we talk about Android we shall discuss something entirely else first and hopefully which you will be more familiar with first and then hopefully it will all make sense.
When you are sat down to do some work the chances are it is on a PC/Computer. The computer itself is known as the hardware, this is the box which whirs away.
In order to make the computer do things there is an Operating System (OS), for most people this will be Microsoft Windows. This effectively talks to the hardware and provides some of the basic functionality that you will use.
To do specific things with your computer you will then use software/programs i.e. Excel to create spreadsheets, Internet Explorer to browse the internet, Photoshop to edit pictures etc.
Back to Android
Android is an Operating System for phones and tablets. It has been created by Google (the search engine people) and provided to companies to allow them to power their own phones. When people talk about having an Android phone, they basically mean a phone that runs Android on it.
There are many companies that produce Android phones (Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola etc). Google gives the software away free to these companies and makes it money by advertising on the phone.
Android provides the main alternative to Apples iOS which powers the iPhone and iPad.
|Samsung Galay / HTC one / Motorola RAZR etc
Google has named all the version of Android after sugar deserts/snacks. No one is quite sure why but the only thing that is clear is that they are in alphabetical order. So far they have had (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean) and the latest version is KitKat. All pocketi Apps require at least Honeycomb (Android 3.0) to run on.