Android OS: A Robust, Free, Open-Source Operating System for Mobile Devices

Mobile devices have seen an extensive amount of development in recent years, but one question is still looming and nobody seems to have the answer: what is 'standard' for the mobile platform? Many companies have already written their own in-house operating systems for the devices they manufacture such as Symbian or iPhone OS. However, with the existence of so many closed-source operating systems, no rational company would want to disclose their secrets and lose their edge on the competition. This presents a problem where software developers can't write their code to be generalized. The Android team hopes to solve this on two levels. Firstly, it seeks to arrive at a common open-source operating system that any mobile device can run on.

Provided by: University of Alabama Topic: Mobility Date Added: Apr 2010 Format: PDF

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