Will Google's Android Power the New Fourth Screen?

38 thoughts on “Will Google's Android Power the New Fourth Screen?”

  1. It stands to reason that as virtually every home has wireless broadband via wi-fi there will be a whole category of devices (I euphemistically call the category wall widgets) that have a UI, can consume/present internet feeds of all kinds and which are manage-able (tune-able). While I have speculated that this is a category that Apple could stretch iPhone software to support, Android is a natural as well. In theory you could have lots of screens in your house.

    Here is a post on the topic if interested:

    Wall Widgets: Fixed Wireless at Home
    http://thenetworkgarden.com/weblog/2008/05/wall-widgets-fi.html

    Cheers,

    Mark

  2. Thanks for the shout-out Om. Great post. One thing to note: The upcoming Plastic Logic device, which also uses e-ink and enjoys a wireless connection like the Kindle to a high-speed data network, is built on Windows CE, too.

  3. I don’t think Bezos and Amazon get proper credit for the amount that they do. They are leading in multiple semi-unrelated areas: online commerce platform, cloud services infrastructure, and consumer electronics. And they do all three very very well.

  4. Nice to see Android expanding into embedded OS’s, I am not sure they are really that different than Symbian and WinCE. Certainly with Symbian going open source it will be very comparable.

    The bigger problem is the resolution of the multi-touch patent (Apple, Palm???) as I believe it still delivers a compelling and differentiated UI. This will take a few years, so the advantage is with Apple in the meantime.

  5. Symbian has a big potential but potential is locked for Nokia on the name of security. The day Nokia opens potential for developers things won’t take much time to turn around. My company just moved from Symbian to Android because of their locked code.

    Open Source/Symbian foundation can be helpful for OEMs but developers have no joy until Nokia give access to their locked APIs.

    Will Nokia wake up? Being 4 years of Symbian developer and now Android developer I personally don’t think so but you never know what comes next

  6. Wow! Seriously, wow! As a library sciences student, I can see a wide range of applications for the so-called “Library 2.0.” Digital public libraries, libraries in the cloud, whatever you want to call it.

    I have to admit though, it could be ominous for Apple. I will laugh, cry and then hurl carrot chunks if Google Android eclipses Apple’s iPhone OS the same way Microsoft Windows overshadowed Mac OS back in the day. Wouldn’t that be ironic?

  7. javafx is really cool …………….one single profile for j2me (mobile applications ) and desktop applications .and runs on top already installed huge installed base …..why to waste so much time on developing applications for each platform when there existing platforms like javafx and j2me

  8. Hi there,

    I showed Android running with an E-Ink display a while back, video and picture here: http://highlycomposite2.blogspot.com/2009/02/android-on-e-ink.html ,
    and in my implementation, I don’t need a 2nd cpu (beagleboard) with a USB interface and I don’t need an external keyboard since the device already has a touchscreen! It wasn’t particularly hard, just a couple of drivers which I have posted as open source ( http://www.arm.linux.org.uk/developer/patches/viewpatch.php?id=5353/1 ) and are merged into the arm Linux kernel. I’ve started working on a mobilephone adapter kit so drop me an email if folks are interested in collaborating on that effort.

    Thanks,
    jaya

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