What is Android?
Android is an open-source mobile device operating system developed by Google. It was originally developed by a firm known as Android, Inc. which was acquired by Google in 2005.
The entire OS is developed upon a modified Linux kernel. In May 2010, Android's first quarter US sales surpassed the iPhone platform. According to a report by the NPD group, Android achieved 28% smartphone sales in the US market, compared to iPhone's 21%. With the introduction of Android firmware 3.0 (codenamed "Honeycomb"), Android is now natively compatible on portable tablet devices which has now been updated to 3.1.
It's been all over the market share quicker than a tramp on chips surpassing all other mobile OS's within a few years.
And this chart shows what versions of Android people are using the most etc.
How to "jailbreak" your Android device :
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Android Open Source Project (AOSP) - The original, Vanilla Android, where full source code is available.
Rooting - http://goo.gl/IPF1l
Recovery - Low-level system which allows for "flashing" ROM's. Custom recoveries are available which allow Backup/Restore and many other features.
Flashing - Term used to describe the process of copying files, usually versions of Android, onto the phone's memory via Recovery.
Application (App) - A program that runs on your device.
Android Package File (APK) - The extension of an Android app file.
Mount - Attaching a filesystem. "Mounting USB" refers to connecting your device to your computer in mass storage mode.
ROM – Read Only Memory, the part of your device where the OS itself is. Usually ROM is used to refer to a version/release ie. Cyanogen ROM or Stock ROM.
Root - Similar to the "Admin" account on Windows. Root has the abillity to do everything and anything.
Rooted - Refers to one's device having superuser permissions.
Over the air (OTA) - Getting an update for your device from your carriers network. Does not require a computer to upgrade
QR code - http://goo.gl/op1H
SD card - The storage card you put in your device. This is usually a MicroSD card.
sdcard (/mnt/sdcard/) - On devices with no internal storage, this is the MicroSD card that you put into your device. If the device has internal storage, it will be that.
external_sd (/mnt/sdcard/external_sd/) - Only on devices with internal storage. This also refers to the MicroSD card in your device.
Superuser (su) – Similar to root, but commands to be run as Root are done with the superuser command (su).
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