Linux and Android, two closely related open source projects have now become closer to each other. Leader of the Linux kernel project, Linus Torvalds released a new version of the operating system core that tends to fill up the gap between the two operating systems. The version 3.3 is believed to bridge the gap between these two platforms.
Under the hood, every Android phone is a Linux phone. Although most of the android developers uses Java like platform, but Google customized version of the Linux is used to handle the details such as keyboard input, multi-tasking and keeping data ready.
The merging of the android with the mainline version is seen as new era where, both the parties will be mutually benefited with faster and easier programming, so faster progress. Google can also take benefit from the new feature added to the kernel and the mainline user can be benefited from the improvements that have been incorporated by the Google.
One area where the tension arises is with a Google tech termed as WakeLock, which lets developers tell the kernel that a specific process should prevent the computer from going into sleep mode. But Google has its own priorities and collaboration process does takes time.