What is Android?
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,
One change that users can
do is moving programs from their default location to
another device storage (/storage/extSdCard) to external
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
especially or other device
can be used as a portable HDD.
Some systems do not let
access the device storage (/storage/extSdCard) and
do not have external
/storage/sdcard0). Applications like AirDroid allow users to
access the device storage (/storage/extSdCard) via
connection on port 8888 (for example,
127.0.x.x:8888 or 192.168.x.x:8888) of
using a web browser.
Like iOS, Android OS has four abstraction
- Application Framework
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
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
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.
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
or PAGEFILE.SYS file.
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
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.
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.