Android Operating System is currently a hot topic because of the Android Tablets. Here is the details of Android OS along with its capabilities.
As usually, this post on Android Operating System is written in plain English and we have tried to keep it understandable to all the users.
How development of Android Operating System started
Android is the name for a robot that looks remarkably like a human and human-like behavior. An android is thus a special humanoid robot. The term Android was already in use from 1740. Android is an open source operating system open source primarily for the smartphones, PDAs and mobile devices developed by Android. Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005.
What this Android Operating System actually is ?
Android operating system is based on Linux kernel, it has a specific interface and developed in Java. While the majority of Android devices are based on the ARM architecture, the heterogeneity of versions and coprocessors can vary greatly from one manufacturer to another.
License Structure of Android Operating System
Android Operating System uses Apache License version 2, it includes all the utilities required by a manufacturer or by an operator to implement a mobile phone.
In other words, it is actually a free operating system.
Different Named Versions
Many hardware manufactures uses only the version specific name instead of the numeric number.
- Gingerbread – Android 2.3
- Honeycomb -Tablet specific Android Operating System and includes version 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2.
- Ice Cream Sandwich – version 4.0
Legal issues with Android Operating System
As Android Operating System is Open Source and therefore free, many manufactures do not love it too much, as Android Operating System installed devices is a big rival at a lower cost. There are many patent law suits filed ago and going on. Moreover there are record of law suits in between the hardware manufactures using Android Operating System.
How Android Operating System is installed on our commonly used Android Tablets
Android Operating System is installed on our commonly used Android Tablets†uses a ROM, which can or can not be detached from the mainboard depending upon the device manufacturer. It is a wiser choice to select an Android Tablet with a detachable ROM.
Mods of Android Operating System
Some well known mods, both manufacturer specific and open source like CyanogenMod are available. CyanogenMod gives the opportunity to use some excellent features. Not all devices support CyanogenMod.
Screen shot of Ice Cream Sandwich theming for CM7.1 (Cyanogen Mod) by dirtyblueshirt, on Flickr.
Future of Android Operating System
Android Operating System and specially the Cheap Android Tablets has given the developers and real hardcore geeks to experiment – it is quite obvious that during hardware or firmware tweak testings, the system can be totally unusable.
Android Operating System itself has given birth to the thought of Open Source Operating System for the mobile tablets.