Android 1, 2, 3, 4. Now, It’s The Big Time

Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, is expected to be released and demonstrated on new products this week. It’s about time but the wait shall have been worth it:

  • Android 4 will be back to fully Open Source.
  • It will run on (almost) anything.
  • Some recent phones may get an update and the whole system of updates should be smoother.
  • With two months left before Christmas, a bunch of us should have an excuse to buy one. This will put iPhone well back in the pack and take a bite out of iPad’s lead.

The point about being again open source has huge repercussions. It will put all OEMs on the same footing, restoring any faltering confidence in the platform and all the tweakers on the planet can actually explore the code and submit improvements. Being closed source put a damper on too much.

So far, in 2011, the field of tablets has been abandoned to Apple somewhat. This will put an end to that as any OEM can now put out a first-class tablet just like the big guys. This will provoke an explosion of innovation and competition which should be good for us consumers.

The point about running on anything is also huge. This will inspire the Android-x86ers to put this thing on desktops and notebooks for content generators as well as consumers. Combine that with LibreOffice being ported to Android/Linux and to a web application and my prophecy that ARM will take on desktop roles should be achievable and soon. There is still likely a year before M$ releases “8” so, between hardware and software developments and growth of markets, M$ will be far back in the field.

All in all, this development answers the majority of criticisms of Android. From my point of view the only thing better would be a change of licence but I doubt that will happen. Still, 2011 is going to end on a strong note for Linux, Android and Free Software. The only cloud on the horizon is Apple’s machinations which are being entertained by courts. The sooner the courts wake up the better. Having every high tech business able to block every other high tech product is not sustainable. Either the courts or legislators need to fix software and business methods patents sooner rather than later.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to Android 1, 2, 3, 4. Now, It’s The Big Time

  1. You do realize that IT is so complex these days that if even a few more “businesses” sued to block importation that very few technologies would be available to run? It’s a slippery slope brought on by software patents. Imagine SCOG v World but a hundred times over and all businesses afraid to run new tech for fear of being sued. We have Apple and M$ doing it now. Armageddon is near.

  2. oldman says:

    “which means even a “non-practising” troll can hold up IT on a whim.”

    So what, its their property, not yours.

  3. Not always. Apple does not want to negotiate. They want competition eliminated. The crazy patent rules don’t require reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing of patents… which means even a “non-practising” troll can hold up IT on a whim.

  4. oldman says:

    “You can block sales of products before you IP has been tested in court.”

    And then they parties concerned will sit back and see who blinks first. At that point the negotiations will begin.

    Thats the way it works Mr. oiaohm.

  5. oiaohm says:

    Contrarian really Robert Pogson is more worried about the MAD events lining up. Samsung is not quitting the fight. So we could end up in the nightmare condition unless laws are altered where nothing can be shipped.

    Not about the means for Android to complete with ipad. Really if there is no Android and no iOS in the market because they are both banned due to patents. That leaves us with tizen blackbery and WP7 and nokia skunkworks linux.

    Now if the MAD battle really gets out of control apple and samsung might attack and block all of those as well. So leaving us with nothing.

    We need the regulators to act. Most critical thing is no block of sales until the IP is proven valid. This is not the case at the moment. You can block sales of products before you IP has been tested in court.

    Contrarian the cloud on the horizon effects iOS just as much as Android. To be correct the cloud effects all market players. We can see the storm coming. This is a storm regulators do have the power to stop in it tracks.

  6. Contrarian says:

    “Either the courts or legislators need to fix software and business methods patents sooner rather than later.”

    Sounds to me like you are building yourself an excuse to use when nothing much happens in the world due to the release of this “Ice Cream Sandwich” product, #pogson. Are you fearful that impressive majesty of the code itself is insufficient to overcome ordinary market inertia?

    I think that your fears are well founded. There is nothing in the wind that suggests that iPad and iPhone will not continue to lead the consumer’s interests. You will doubtless have to blame the lack of success on malevolent machinations by Microsoft and, now, Apple.

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