The Android tablets usually come equipped with the Android operating system. Nevertheless, there are sellers who may send the tablet without an operating system, because some of the users who buy such tablets, want to install Linux. My opinion is that, if you get an Android tablet, which has applications, games, other programs, and most importantly access to the Android Market, you should not miss the chance of using the OS as well. Strange or not, some users desire only the hardware, thinking that they can install one of the software programs that exist on market, such as the Linux operating system.
The Android software contains more than an operating system; it contains also middleware and key applications. Also, Android has all the necessary tools needed by a potential developer to create his own applications. The best applications framework is found in the Android software. Dalvik virtual machine is a part of this large software, which is optimized for mobile devices. Then, there is the WebKit engine, an open source software on which relies the integrated browser that comes along with any Android tablet that you buy. This is why I said at the beginning of the article: if you get an Android tablet, why in the world would you want to install another OS?
SQLite is a special program that allows the data storage to be better structured. The camera, compass and accelerometer are all of them connected to the main program, which is the Android software. If you will install another operating system, you will need to download drivers for all these hardware components, to make them work with the tablet. And trust me, it is not worth it.
But the best environment created by the Android software is not necessarily for the usual users, but for developers. They will find in this software a true friend, with tools for debugging, all sorts of plugins that will help them in developing applications, a device emulator and some libraries.
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