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Android - a snapshot

Recently , I had a chance to explore Android (as an interesting hobby :)). That exploration resulted in this snapshot: # Platform • Android is an open source software stack – It includes: OS, Middleware, Key applications, API libraries for writing mobile applications • Android supports most of Java platform except AWT & Swing • Following things makes up Android : o A hardware reference design that describes the capabilities required for any mobile device to support the software stack o A Linux OS Kernel 2.6 that provides low level interface (device drivers) o Open source libraries for app. development including SQLite, WebKit, OpenGL & a media manager o A runtime to execute & host Android applications including Dalvik virtual machine (Android’s own optimized JVM) o An app. framework o An UI framework to host & launch applications o Pre-installed applications o A SDK with tools, plug-ins & documentation • Android phones will comes with pr