Houston : Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux 3.3, a new version of the open source Linux kernel. This update is notable because it includes some key components that have been merged from Android's Linux kernel. This could potentially help in bringing Google's mobile operating system into closer alignment with the upstream Linux ecosystem.
Due to diverse technical apprehensions, the Linux maintainers have been reluctant in the past to accept some of Google's major changes to the kernel. The Android code that had been tentatively merged into the staging tree which was removed in 2009 due to lack of maintenance. Google didn't act on feedback from the upstream code reviewers and the code began to stagnate and eventually was dropped.