A brief look into what Android is

My first Blog entry will focus on the the basic blocks of Android. It will be short, but I will bring some technical terms along the way. This is solely on a nice-to-know basis, so you have an idea of what Android, at least on the surface, represents and enables.

Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel and is an open-source project. What this means is that the Android OS is openly available to anyone who wants to utilize the OS. The OS can be used on virtually any electrical device, but is most commonly seen on phones and tablets. What this means, is that anyone wanting to build any device can get the Android OS, and incorporate it into their own device, completely free.

There is an important distinction I would like to make though; The Android Open Source Project (or AOSP) isn’t equal to the Android you probably know from your phone. Manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, HTC, and LG (among many, many more) have an agreement with Google (the owner of Android), which gives them access to a bunch of Google services, named Google Play Services. This is a way of branding Android phones with Google software; things like Google Search, Google Maps, and Gmail. This essentially means that the Android OS can freely be downloaded and used as pleased, but without Google’s approval, it won’t have access to the services provided by Google.

Google Android

As you can tell, Google actually has a certain amount of control of Android. It gives Google an edge to promote their own services, and with it, a golden standard of apps and services. These services are however completely avoidable and replaceable, and furthermore, on Android it is possible to make certain apps and services a standard operation, which means your Android experience isn’t connected to Google’s services. As a user, this means if you prefer the Firefox Browser, you can download Firefox for Android, and set that browser as a default, which means that any time you open a link in any app, Firefox will open the link. This procedure can also be done on the Play Store (where you get apps), if you don’t want to get involved with Google, you can get apps from a lot of alternatives, from the web itself, from Amazon, from Samsung, or from any 3rd party essentially.

I will dive into customization later on, with blogs and videos, to demonstrate how Android is a extremely flexible OS. For now, just know that Google owns Android, and does what it can to deliver certain services.

Android is a special mobile OS. What makes it special is the way it works; Android supports true multitasking, like you know from Windows or Mac. Apps can work in the background and even side by side. What it enables is to work more effectively; apps can work silently in the background monitoring your device, and be aware of any known changes, apps can also run invisibly all the time (as an example, you can drag your finger from the edge of the screen to pull out a task switcher), apps can pop-up on the screen too if anything happens, while you don’t leave what you’re currently doing. It’s true multitasking, and you see tons of optimized apps only for Android.

One of my absolute favorite apps is called Tasker. Tasker is quite complicated, but what it does is work in the background and monitors everything my phones does, and by doing so, I can make my phone to things, completely automatically. A great example is to recognize I’m at a cinema, and it will automatically turn completely silent, and as soon as I leave, turn on the sound again.

I couldn’t possibly write everything about Android, but I believe I’ve mentioned the basics into understanding what is possible on Android. What I will strive to do from this day, is to make you understand more of the OS, and make it a truly personal phone. A phone that will work for you, and a phone you can take advantage of.

Every time I see a person with a smartphone, and that person only uses it to the most basic tasks, like facebook and texting, I think a phone is being wasted. I encourage you to be aware of what is possible, it can ultimately make your life a little easier and more fun!

So I hope you’ll join me in doing this, I love helping people out, and I think I can do this in a simple and effective way. Feel free to comment down below, or contact me on Google+. Maybe you just got an Android smartphone, or maybe you’ve had one for a while, but feel like you could learn more. I will cover the basics and I will move onto intermediate stuff, having everything you need in one place; my blog, my YouTube channel, and you catch me on Google+!