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What is Android?

Android 4.4.2 {{Information
                |Description=Screenshot of the home screen
                of Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat), featuring the new home screen
                design and translucent status bar in Android 4.4.
                |Source=Galaxy S3 running Android 4.4.2|Date=January 15, 
                |2014 |Author=Google Inc. |Perm...Android OS is an OS developed and controlled by Google based on Linux for portable devices. The OS and third-party installation files are closed and not accessible by the user. Configuration and other user data files are usually stored in built-in SD storage (/storage/extSdCard). Depending on the app, user data might use external storage (microSD, /storage/sdcard0).

One change that users can do is moving programs from their default location to another — device storage (/storage/extSdCard) to external (microSD, up to 32 GB, /storage/sdcard0) or vice versa. This is very handy if you want to save data created by certain applications like how many levels you have achieved in Angry Birds. Since most Android OS devices can be mounted as external storage device, a mobile phone especially or other device can be used as a portable HDD.

Some systems do not let users access the device storage (/storage/extSdCard) and do not have external (microSD, /storage/sdcard0). Applications like AirDroid allow users to access the device storage (/storage/extSdCard) via an intranet-like connection on port 8888 (for example, 127.0.x.x:8888 or 192.168.x.x:8888) of the device using a web browser.

Like iOS, Android OS has four abstraction layers.

  1. Linux Kernel
  2. Libraries and Run-time Environment
  3. Application Framework
  4. Applications

Installing Android:

There is no OS installation other than rooting. The most you can do (legally) is installing programs (.APK files). Depending on the device manufacturer and model, these .APKs files are available at Google Play, Amazon Appstore or other providers especially for devices marketed for children like Kurio (security enabled by CronLab) and Nabi. Note that there are providers with dubious reputations, which may include malware.

Since Android OS is open source, various vendors have forked the OS to support their proprietary hardware and/or proprietary formats. For example, Fire OS is developed by Amazon for its newer Kindle devices (since 2007) as well as the Fire TV microconsole for streaming media and games (April 2014) and Fire Phone (June 2014 to October 2015).

My experience so far has been as an user although I have tried hacking it without rooting it or breaking any legality or EULA. Since I have always wanted to learn the inner functions of a system or another, I am currently learning how to code my own apps for Android OS focusing on the possible distribution through the two main Android OS outlets — Google Play and Amazon Appstore. Comparing it with other portable devices, I find it much more user-friendly. I can easily configure the device faster than iOS, for example.

Memory Management:

Android OS has poor memory management, but much better than others. It does not release programs from RAM, which often causes latency. It is up to the user to release them manually by holding the Home key for a second or two and swiping out each program. Third-party programs like Clean Master by Cheetah Mobile can release programs from RAM automatically, as per the user's setting. From experience, I have noticed that Android OS needs at least 20% of device storage to run smoothly, almost like a /swap partition or PAGEFILE.SYS file.

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On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information all around me. As such, one of the subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of interest) Nietzsche, Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of the masses, media, science and various technologies.

Under the Thelian Sky, ISBN
             9781494232283, ASIN B00GTQBY04

In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the government controlled by "them" wants to keep everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life in Mars, the Thelian society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet difficult if you were different. For every good person, like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger 9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop "their" manipulation of history and mankind.

You can get Under the Thelian Sky exclusively at Amazon — available on print (ISBN 9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).

In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer better than anyone else without realizing it.


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