The Androidification of Everything

16 thoughts on “The Androidification of Everything”

    1. Andrew

      My view is that the universal UI is going to evolve — and that is why Android is going to win over Chrome. It will be more adaptable — it has capabilities to adapt. Of course, this is a good way for it to stand out against other embedded OSes as well.

  1. @Om,

    I’ve mentioned this on other posts, but I think Android could be to the iPhone OS what Windows was to the Mac way back in the ’80’s. Call me nuts, but outside of more connected device types, Android is already featured on more phones (albeit none as successful as the iPhone when measured in total units sold).

    I understand your friends vision, and have been pursuing it already for a few years, though I was not aware of Android’s pending emergence when I began my entrepreneurial pursuits. 😉

    My $.02.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Oh and btw..Androids touch interface is awful and has about half the features of iPhone multi-touch. Its also dog slow like the rest of Android. So I wouldn’t be touting that one just yet. Its looking to me like Android will beat out RIm, Windows Mobile, and Pre but that isn’t exactly a challenge given the awful state of those OS’. Which means Android will be the low cost smartphone for carriers who don’t have the iPhone.

    1. Darwin and Scott,

      Just to clarify — if you look at all the announcements from chip companies, the focus is on the embedded side of the equation where a lot of proprietary OSes have ruled in the past. It is where we can expect Android to have an impact – it is open source and can be stripped down to meet the needs of lighter devices.

      So just to think of it as a big screen-oriented OS is doing Android a disservice. There is that “other” market not many pay attention to. Imagine the impact on Wind river.

  3. Android itself isn’t dog slow. Some of the hardware it’s been on has been cheap and old ARM11 processors, such as the G1 and even the HTC Eris. The Droid and Nexus One have the latest processor and are much faster as a result.

    1. iPhone os ran fine on arm11. meanwhile even the nook – an android device is beset by performance issues and sluggishness. The kindle which is Linux but not Android powered is much better.

      Anyway you slice it – Android is slower and more resource intensive than competing alternatives. since it is open source and full stack it is going to be used everywhere but like thenook do not expect great results unless you are willing to make up for the softwares defects by throwing more hardware at it.

  4. One thing we should add into this debate is that the “Androidification” is not just about the touch display (a place where frankly even 2.1 lags the iPhone), but also the much easier platformto wire into cloud services that Android provides over the iPhone one. Why? Background processing for one. A system that is more configurable by OEMs that your typical embedded OS. And a whole load of other reasons as well. It is this advantage that makes Android more relevant in a world where the twin forces of change are mobile computing and cloud computing.
    My 2 cents.

  5. I’ve been saying (mostly to myself) for over a year now that Android is not a competitor to Windows Mobile — it is a competitor to Windows. There’s no reason it couldn’t run on a notebook-class or even desktop-class machine, or on anything from a clock-radio on up.

    Conventional Linux could have had a piece of that, if it weren’t hobbled by its dependency on the X Window System. But switching away from X means leaving behind pretty much every GUI application ever written for Linux. It’s a terrible dilemma.

    But Android is Linux without the X baggage; it has a modern imaging system, including 3D based on OpenGL. And it is rapidly developing its own ecosystem of applications, with an app management system at least as good as RPM or APT.

    In my opinion, Android will be the Linux distro that finally lives up to Linux’s promise: to break the Windows client OS monopoly.

  6. Hi Om,
    Agree with you 100%!

    I think where Android beats the iPhone is that app development is much easier, since developers program in Java. The fact that the OS is open source and free also allows companies to adopt it much as embedded devices were built on BSD/Linux. It has also let to an impressive hacker community around it – including folks like Cyanogen, Haykuro, etc.

    I have been waiting for Panasonic/vtech/Uniden to build a home phone based on Android. And for an Android equivalent for a Touch.

  7. I’m completely on-board with the “Androidification” of everything… Android is a wonderful platform for all sorts of devices with touch interfaces, and its already turning up in non-mobile-phone, and even non-consumer-electronics devices.

    Combine Android, a nice capacitive touch display, and a flexible ARM-based hardware platform, and this becomes a nice little “drop-in” module for any equipment manufacturer to add a iPhone-like touch interface to their product… whether its a washing machine, medical device, industrial equipment, or a consumer media device.

    Touch Revolution, a company I founded in 2008 after leaving Apple’s multi-touch team, has done just that… We design and manufacture these Android-based touch modules, allowing OEMs to easily bring connected devices to market with great interfaces and user experiences. We’ll be showcasing some example applications of our products at CES next week.

    More about us: http://www.touchrev.com

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.