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Android is a Linux-based operating system developed by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of companies led by Google.

Android is a software stack for embedded devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications, as described in the following diagram:


The Android Operating System offers designers of embedded applications the ability to easily add a high-level OS to their product. The following is a brief list of Android features:

  1. Complete, Open Source Software solution
  2. Based upon Linux
  3. Easy licensing terms for commercial development (Apache license)
  4. Includes a complete Application Framework enabling reuse and replacement of software components
  5. Multimedia, Graphics, and Graphical User Interface are included out of the box
  6. A large community of Android and Applications developers is ready today
  7. Offers a rich development environment including a device emulator, tools for debugging, memory and performance profiling, and a plugin for the Eclipse IDE

Useful Links[edit | edit source]

Official Website

Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Website

Android Developers Website

Android for TI "Sitara" Devices main page

Android on eLinux

This category put together all the specific information about using GNU/Linux on DAVE Embedded Systems platforms.