90% of Android Apps is a Lot of Apps

So, not only is fragmentation of the Android ecosystem under control, apps are being ported to MIPS. That means the universe of folks running anything but that other OS just keeps getting larger.

“In the Android ecosystem there is a big push to make sure that any app that runs on Android runs on any platform that is able to run Android – x86 to ARM to MIPS – the application should just work. Vij added that MIPS is also working with developers of apps that use native code to port their applications to the MIPS platform and that the process can be as simple as an eight minute recompile.”

see MIPS: More than 90% of Android apps can run on any processor architecture

The reason MIPS is huge is that China is growing a MIPS-like hardware locally and can be totally independent of Wintel from start to finish. That is freedom and it is welcome in China as anywhere else. China is large enough to be its own market for any technology.

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3 Responses to 90% of Android Apps is a Lot of Apps

  1. Contrarian says:

    Then we agree that the apps are the thing that will define the market. I will have to find something else to disagree upon!

    I do think that Microsoft will continue to dominate on the desktop, however. For one thing, the desktop, even with Windows 8, still has to run the many Windows compatible software programs from Microsoft, Intuit, Adobe, etc., so the OEMs are going to have to stay with the Microsoft Windows licenses. Also, it is, as I said before, a mountain of work and Microsoft has the billions to spend and, from the video, have already spent a lot to get to where they are now. By the time that some equivalent functionality is available on Linux desktops, I think Microsoft will be already entrenched as firmly as they are today.

    The big question mark is whether or not they can parlay their desktop dominance into some useful return with tablets/slates (is there any difference?) and phones. It strikes me as a frail reed, but the top level tiles motif may be an effective way to get their nose in the tent, so to speak.

  2. Ask oldman. He laughs when I say that users of Android/Linux etc. on smart thingies will want the same software running all PCs and now M$, the biggest player in the PC world, is saying the same thing only hoping folks will want Phoney “7” on their desktops… They probably will have a challenge with copy-and-paste though. It’s so innovative.

    It’s not going to work for M$. Consumers, businesses, OEMs, ODMs etc. can have a standard platform for free with Android/Linux or GNU/Linux on x86 or ARM and it’s not vapourware. The makers can ship today. The consumers can buy it today. That will work.

  3. Contrarian says:

    I would be interested in your comments on this:


    My take on the app word is that the app itself has become a sort of new standard and one just gets the app of choice for whatever platform is at hand, such as iPhone, Droid, or even Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has put a new wrinkle into the game with the use of the “tiles” in place of the original icons. It makes for a unique sort of look as well as providing a sort of new function that other schemes do not have. It will be interesting to see if/when Apple and Android follow suit.

    Meanwhile, it looks like Microsoft is going to unify the touch and mouse worlds across phones, tablets, and PCs with one blow.

    That could be good for them or it could be bad since it will cause everything to be re-hashed in terms of look and feel. If the FOSS world can follow with a work-alike quickly enough, that is before it becomes an established thing associated with Microsoft’s brand, the underlying platform, Windows or Android, will really not matter since the app presents identically.

    It is a mountain of work to bring that about, though, and Microsoft seems to think that they have the horsepower to do it and that there are no others who can make it happen.

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