What is an Android phone?

Android is basically an operating system that phones use. It is common on Droid phones but many phones use Android as their OS. To get more technical, Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications.

Google Inc. purchased the initial software developer, Android Inc. Android’s mobile operating system is based on a modified version of Linux. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Android’s development and release. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android. As of 2011, the Android operating system is the world’s best-selling Smartphone platform.


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