Android Intro

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Android is a software platform and operating system written by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, designed for use in small form factor devices and smartphones.

The Android wikipedia entry is a really good place to get an overview of Android capabilities, history and direction. I won't duplicate the information from that site here.

The official web site for Android is From here you can find links to:

  • Android Market - This is the place where developers can post (for free or for sale) applications to run on Android-based devices, and where users can download these applications.
  • Android Developer Site - Where software developers can learn how to write applications for Android devices, or modify aspects of the Android software itself.
  • Android Open Source Project - This is where you can find the source code for the Android operating system (including Linux kernel, the libraries, Dalvik VM and rest of the Android system.)
  • The Growth of Android in Embedded Systems - This Linux Training publication has some excellent material on the current (as of early 2013) status of Android as it relates to traditional embedded linux.

Clicking on the "What is Android" tab takes you to:, which has some high-level bullet points, and a video with a little bit of Android history.


Prototype Video

In November, 2007, Google released a video showing some of the features of their early prototype work on Android. See

G1 Product Video

The first phone product based on Android was the G1, manufactured by HTC and shipped by T-Mobile.

The G1 home page is at: This site contains many videos and voiceovers describing G1 and Android features.

Engadget Hand's-on walkthrough of G1 features (September, 2008)

Technical Information

A good place to start, for technical information, is Google's "What is Android?" page

Another good place with technical information is Android FAQ

Also, go to Android Architecture on this site.