What is Android?
Android is a type of operating system (OS). It is developed on the basis of Linux. It is primarily run on mobile or cellular phones. However, it has now expanded for use on tablets and even computers and other devices.
Android was originally developed by Android, Inc., which was bought by Google in 2005. Since, then Google has taken over the development and distribution of the OS. Additionally, Google also founded the Open Handset Alliance – a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
Currently, Android is open source, and anyone can use it to mod or to develop programs and application on it. However, most devices that come with Android tend to have proprietary components added to it. This also allows them to stand apart from their competitors that also use Android.