A new version of the familiar Android operating system and the Linux kernel project released on Tuesday marked a quiet linking of the two disparate projects responsible for much of the existing mobile phone operating systems.
Scientific American reports that Linus Torvalds, the founder and leader of the Linux project, has released Version 3.3 of the Linux kernel, considered as a mainline improvement of the Linux systems already in use by Android.
Android OS devices use the Linux kernel with a Java interface for most applications, but there is a slightly different Google-customized version handling of non-apps details, such as multitasking and keyboard input.
Described as a “fork”, the Google code had branched off from the original Linux system. This week’s link-up is set to make for easier programming of all concerned and therefore, faster progress in the development and utilization of apps mainly for mobile devices. It is likely to keep data available more quickly when the Android and Google branches finally merge into a single operating system.
Devices other than those using the previously Google-customized OS code will also see quicker tasking since the unified Linux-Android system now has readily available added features.
The best result of the linkup is for apps developers who make use of the Linux and Android open sources, since they will now have direct benefits from the new Version 3.3, removing the necessity of retrieving improvements from the separate Google code.