Happy anniversary – Android is 4 years old

Happy anniversary – Android is 4 years old

I can’t quite believe that the android platform is already four years old. (well I can, since the recent Android 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) announcement.)

were expected to make an announcement about the pending gPhone to take on the iPhone, but instead announced the Open handset alliance, and the Android operating system as a core part of the platform.

Since then we have seen various tasty Android platforms, such as Eclair (1.6), Froyo (2.2), Honeycomb (3.0 for tablets), and others.

The hardware platforms have included the Google Nexus, Motorola Droid, Incredible, and the more recent HTC Desire HD, Galaxy II series, and Google Nexus S.

My opinion is that the Google platform has some challenges to face. Handset manufacturers are going to be challenged to deliver differentiation between their handsets, as the struggle to build, debug and maintain a UI layer over the top is going to be a challenge; Google’s recent of the Motorola phone is going to potentially cause splits within the Open Handset Alliance; and the biggest issue is the Apple Inc. 154,30 +0,65 +0,42% vs Samsung IP battle.

The next few years are going to be fun for Android!

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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