Android – Can You Afford to Ignore It?
Front end for your next application may be an Android device
By: Udayan Banerjee
Jul. 6, 2010 12:30 AM
Yes – I suppose you can ignore Android if you only work on the server side and have nothing to do with how user interacts with your application or you have taken a vow not to touch anything that has Java in it. Otherwise it may not be very wise to ignore Android. Did you know that…
Now the release of iPad is threatening to create another new segment of user interface device called tablets. Again, tablets were around for a long time but it never really took off. It looks like iPod will change that. Google TV and a possible revamped Apple TV is likely to create yet another class of user interface device.
In short, the types of devices through which users are interacting with computer are proliferation. This trend is likely to continue and we may see more types of devices coming up in the future.
And, they will all be programmable and they will all have an operating system. What will that operating system be? Unless it is a device from Apple it is very likely to be Android!
Why not Windows?
So … not much of windows … lots on Android!
Have I forgotten Apple?
Not unless all other smart phone manufacturers (Nokia, Blackberry, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony-Ericson …) go out of mobile business. Somehow, I don’t see that happening!
Why can we not stick to browser based thin client applications?
Sure, some of the applications running on these devices would be browser based. But, the new generation of applications will need to take advantage of the unique power of the device.
As of March 2010, Android App Store market had 35,000 applications and the number has been doubling in about 3 month’s time.
What is special about Android?
Google benefits by openness!
Open Source applications becomes stable and more powerful over a period of time. There are so many examples. Not only do you have Linux, you have Apache web server, MySQL database, Mozilla browser, Eclipse IDE … and many more.
You will see more and more powerful and robust Android cropping up all over place.
What if you are…
You should still get to understand Android because the front end for your next application may be an Android device. Such device would not run Windows and browsers would not allow you to access the native device features of that device.
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