The Dichotomy of Android

Android has some interesting dichotomies. Knowing about them upfront is useful not only in understanding what Android is, but what it is not.

Android is an embedded OS that relies on the Linux kernel for core system services, but it is not embedded Linux. For example, standard Linux utilities such as X-windows and GNU C libraries are not supported.Writing applications for Android utilizes the Java framework, but it is not Java. Standard Java libraries such as Swing are not supported. Other libraries such as Timer are not preferred; they have been replaced by Android's own libraries, which are optimized for usage in a resource-constrained, embedded environment.

The Android OS is open source, which means developers can view and use any of the system source code, including the radio stack.This source code is one of the first resources for seeing examples of Android code in action, and it helps clarify the usage when documentation is lacking.This also means developers can utilize the system in the same way as any core application and can swap out system components for their own components. However,Android devices do contain some proprietary software that is inaccessible to developers (such as Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation).

A final dichotomy of Android OS is that Google is also backing Chrome OS. Android OS is built for embedded platforms, and Chrome OS is built for cloud-based platforms. However, which is the best choice for embedded devices that live in the cloud? Net-books, which fill the gap between smart phones and laptop computers, could presumably go either way (and they have).Android has started to utilize the cloud more. Does that mean Chrome OS's days are numbered? Google also backs a web-based market, so Chrome OS enjoys the same developer leverage that Android currently has.This points to a convergence that might have been in the cards all along.

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