Googles operating system has just turned three and it has given us plenty
of good things. Three years have been torturous at the beginning but in
the end it becomes much sweeter. When the Nexus One was once released and
Android didnt support multi-touch, many people accused it as a Google-
hacked iPhone anyone could make.
It was not until late 2009 when the Motorola Droid, supported by an
aggressive marketing campaign, it catapulted the operating system to
fame. Today, the Android runs phones, tablets, televisions and even cars.
The Android mobile operating system was officially announced along with
the establishment of Open Handset Alliance (OHA) about three years ago:
November 5, 2007. Almost a year later we saw the first phone that was
powered by Android and today it has became the fastest growing operating
system in the phone industry. It already ranks second, behind Symbian,
and it is only a matter of time that the crown of the ultimate mobile
operating system, will be given to an open source OS.
It was the brainchild of Eric Schmidt, who said at its birth that he
introduced a powerful platform that would be supported by thousands of
phone models. Today, the figure hardly reaches two hundred, but it is
accepted more by the phone industry than some had predicted. HTC, LG and
Samsung have already proven the versatility of Android and in some cases
even outselling the almighty iPhone.
While its mobile platform was in its infancy, Google focused its efforts
on Chrome OS, an operating system that aims to revolutionize the PC
world. So far it is confirmed that Chrome OS will power a smartbook,
essentially a hybrid between netbook and smartphone, which is scheduled
for later this month.
Today we know a thing or two about Android and about the possibility it
offers. The next version of Android will be called Gingerbread or Android
2.3. The Android implementation for tablets will be known as Honeycomb
and it is expected to bring plenty of supports for tablets. As for the
apps, there are currently more than a hundred thousand of them at the
Android Market and it is growing daily.
We experience Androids surge lately and it is in a good position to be
the most popular OS smartphone in the US in a few years. Shipments of
Android devices keep on moving at breakneck speeds and we see no slowdown
in sight. Some even believe that the much expected Verizons iPhone in
early 2011 will not make a dent in the overall Android sales.