As open source smartphone platform, Google Android’s kernel code was removed from the 2.6.33 Linux code base by the Linux Kernel community in last December has been widely discussed. Now the 4th Annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is holding in San Francisco, and Google has apparently broached the topic of bringing Android back to the Linux kernel.
Google open source programs manager Chris DiBona told that Google will hire two Android coders to work with kernel.org according ZDNet’s Paula Rooney and acknowledged that Google needs to do a “better job” of contributing Android patches back to the Linux kernel.
Developers from Google’s Android team are due to meet the Linux kernel devs in the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit and Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said: “I think they can hopefully work it out… the purpose of this event is to table those conversations.”
The reintegration would not be too hard because Google has deliberately stuck very close to the main Linux kernel with Android, but DiBona noted that it would be a “multi-year” process at the same time.
About Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit
The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only summit gathering core kernel developers, distribution maintainers, ISVs, end users, system vendors and other community organizations for plenary sessions and workgroup meetings to meet face-to-face to tackle and solve the most pressing issues facing Linux today
According the “February 2010 Mobile Metrics Report” of AdMob, Google Android’s share of smartphone requests increased from 2% in February 2009 to 24% in February 2010, which was the fastest growing smartphone operating system and ranked second in the AdMob network. The top five Android devices worldwide, by traffic, were the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, and the Motorola CLIQ.
In addition to the Android platform, the leading smartphone operating system is iPhone OS, which ranked first with the 50% share, up 17 percentage points in the last year. Symbian’s share of requests fell from 43% to 18%, and ranked third in the AdMob network.
Other key infomations include:
* In February 2010, smartphones accounted for 48% of AdMob’s worldwide traffic, up from 35% in February 2009. In absolute terms, smartphone traffic increased 193% over the last year.
* Feature phones declined from 58% to 35% of AdMob’s total traffic as users began switching to smartphones.
* The mobile Internet devices category experienced the strongest growth of the three, increasing to account for 17% of traffic in AdMob’s network in February 2010. The iPod touch is responsible for 93% of this traffic; other devices include the Sony PSP and Nintendo DSi. In absolute terms, mobile Internet device category traffic increased 403%.
AdMob is one of the world’s largest mobile advertising networks, serving billions of mobile banner and text ads a month across a wide range of leading mobile Web sites and applications.
About AdMob Mobile Metrics
AdMob serves ads for more than 15,000 mobile Web sites and applications around the world. AdMob stores and analyzes the data from every ad request, impression, and click and uses this to optimize ad matching in its network. AdMob’s monthly report offers a snapshot of its data to provide insight into trends in the mobile ecosystem.
According comScore’s report with the “Smartphone Platform Market Share”, Google Android platform share increases from 2.8% to 7.1% in the U.S. mobile phone market during the three month period between October 2009 and January 2010.
Although Google Android ranked fourth in the share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, this is the most rapid increase for all the smartphone platforms. Above Android, RIM ranked first with 43.0% (up 1.7 percentage points), Apple ranked second with 25.1%(up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft ranked third with 15.7%(down 4.0 percentage points).
The smartphone market grows with great potential, during the November to January period, 42.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in an average, up 18 percent from the August through October period. The big picture for Android phones could be wonderful.