As smartphone devices become more powerful it’s a safe bet that the idea of our devices being used as our daily computers is going to become more common place. While we’ve only recently started seeing this become a reality thanks to various docks and Canonical’s recent Ubuntu announcement, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to the release of Linux 3.3 various OEMs will have an easier time of following suit in this venture as well. That’s because Linux 3.3 is seeing a bit of Android being merged into it.
Why is this only starting to happen now you ask? Well I’ll tell you. Developers on both sides (Android and Linux) couldn’t agree on how both should be merged so it just never happened, that is, until recently. Their disagreements are being “ironed out” and various Android sub systems have already been merged with even more following in the future. As Kernel Newbies suggests:
“This will make things easier for everybody, including the Android mod community, or Linux distributions that want to support Android programs.”
As you can see, this merging should help both sides support each others applications and programs and the likelihood of devices that run both Linux and Android on it will become more common place. The merging will also help people use their devices as both a phone and a computer some time down the road. Although only time will tell as to when that will happen but one thing is for certain; it just got a whole lot easier to make this a reality.