Android is the latest mobile platform & Operating System in the market from Open Handset Alliance (OHA) headed by Google. Android is a free, open source and fully customizable platform built from ground up around Linux kernel for mobile platform. Android provides OEMs/ODMs a platform that can be easily customized for their devices, it provides developers an environment that enables fast development and easy deployment of mobile applications and for the end users it provides a market place for downloading their favorite applications.

This Android A New Mobile Platform Technical White paper takes a quick look into the following aspects of Android:

  • High Level Architecture
  • Why Android in not “just another Linux distribution”
    1. Software stack
    2. Licensing
    3. Community development model
  • Customizability
  • Development environment