Michael Mayhew

Android: Google’s Mobile OS

by on Sep.13, 2009, under Android

I’m a big fan of Google’s Android mobile OS.  It allows a lot more flexibility and freedom over the iPhone OS.  T-mobile is also a lot more “hacker friendly” by allowing apps for rooted (hacked) phones in their Market which is equivalent to the iPhone’s App Store.

A few key features that puts the Android OS over the iPhone, IMHO, is removable storage, ability to install 3rd party applications, open source,  3g tethering and running apps in the background.

But to get the full potential out of your Android device, you may want to consider “rooting” it.  This gives you full root (administrative) access to the device.  This allows custom ROM images, customer boot loaders and custom applications.

With Cyanogen’s custom ROM you get several custom features as well as a heavily optimized kernel that will speed up your device.  With Cyanogen’s ROM, I’ve moved my applications to an ext2 partition on my SD card.  I’ve also moved the cache for internal applications to the SD card.  This free’s up internal memory, allows more capacity and speeds up the device. Cyanogen’s ROM also provides enhancements to the browser as well as other internal applications.

For the true geek’s out there, you can run a full Debian distro on top of the phone’s OS.  There is also a free tethering application that will tether your 3g connection over Bluetooth or Wifi.  The Wifi aspects still blows my mind.  It basically turns your phone into a WEP-enabled Wifi access point that multiple devices can connect to.  The app gives out DHCP addresses and will even do MAC address access control.

I’ll leave you with a few links:

Root Your Android Device In 1 Click.

xda-developers.com: The Best Source On The Net For Android Hacking

Cyanogen’s Rom: The Best Custom Rom For Your Rooted Android Device

Run Debian On Your G1

Please leave any questions in the comment section and I’ll address them.

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