Android has proven itself as something that is more advanced than a basic operating system. Android allows for the communication between hardware and software apps. With a basic user interface, replete with a large number of features, Android is also used by many organizations as a foundation for their own interface.
Take for example, Linux. Linux is available in various versions. However, all the versions of Linux are built using a basic Unix kernel. This Unix kernel forms the core of the software processing systems for the Linux OS. The Unix Kernel can be customized too, and is the unit that facilitates hardware-software interaction. Coming back to the topic of discussion, Android incorporates the Linux kernel. Linux has earned the respect of even the most hated critics. The reason is simple- Linux kernel can run on many devices. Whether it is smart phones or PlayStation 3s, Linux kernel will not disappoint you.
Initially, some companies adopted Android operating systems to promote it as an Open Standard for mobile devices. Electronics and communications giants like as Samsung, Motorola, Nvidia and Intel joined the race soon. Interestingly, the Android operating system is not limited to phones; it is very much in use for tablets, PDAs and net books. For this reason, the Android operating system is directly pitted against Apple’s iOS, which supports more than 100,000 apps.
As a standalone product, the Android OS support a variety of features. For example, OpenGL 3D acceleration, connection protocols, built in web browser, Java, multimedia play back and various external hardware devices are easily supported by the Android operating system. The initial SDK (software development kit) did not have proper documentation and support. However, today the situation is entirely different. The modern SDK comes with a large number of powerful tools, all well documented. Android understands that technology need not be only for the techies. For this reason, the App Inventor software allows even novice app developers to develop apps that can run on Android compatible devices without coding them.
There is no limit to the usage of the Android operating system. In other words, you can use it whichever way you like. Unlike the Apple iOS, the Android operating system offers you full freedom to use it your way. If you are looking for third party firmware for Android devices, you have a reason to smile as a large community of developers develops these with additional features (that are not available in an Android release).