Android/Linux Getting Mind-Share

As if the already huge and growing installed base of devices wasn’t enough,
“More and more software developers and free software projects are willing to join development for the Android platform in view of the dynamic shipment growth demonstrated by Android-based smartphones over the past quarters, during which Android smartphones managed to take up a 70% share of the global smartphone market, while rival iOS saw its share slip to 15-20%, according to Digitimes Research.”
see Digitimes Research: More software developers join Android camp

Digitimes also sees this as a threat to Wintel as they advise Wintel to watch out for

Oops. There goes the “applications barrier to entry“… Since there’s no need for anyone with a favourite collection of Android apps to use that other OS no matter the hardware and migration is so easy, why put up with M$’s taxes and restrictions?

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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4 Responses to Android/Linux Getting Mind-Share

  1. oiaohm says:

    bw the funny thing is libreoffice for android is almost ready to go. Biggest issue is google play 50 meg program limit.

    Inertia need maintenance.

    The idea of the killer app is not in fact the case.

    The killer feature is if the device will do everything a person needs. These needs change with time.

    bw needs of the time of dos are different to now.

    BlueStacks App Player will not allow every android app to run. Some apps depend on real hardware in the devices.

  2. bw says:

    “it is all about the ecosystem”

    Build it and they shall come? I have come to the conclusion that it is just wishful thinking. There are a lot of people fascinated by the idea of having a small, personal device available for instant connection to worldwide services, but there is next to no way to make a dime off of that fascination outside of supplying the devices and connection services.

    Verizon, ATT, Sprint, Samsung, Apple, Amazon, and some few others are in a good position to make something from it, but Android or iOS app development is a barren spot of ground for a growing boy to be stuck with. No need to even consider WP8 or later. Entrepreneurship in this environment is a fool’s mission. The best you can hope for is to sell your time by the hour, day, week, or year to someone who has both a need and sufficient funds to pay for fulfillment.

    There are already hundreds of thousands of apps in the various stores, the best of which are being supplied for free by companies that sell the services that connect to these apps. You can watch videos and listen to music from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and many others if you subscribe. The app is free. Ditto for finance, banking, even electronic versions of one’s local newspaper. Anything that can fit on the small screen of a phone or 7″ tablet is already being done by many suppliers and almost no one is getting much pay unless they are working for a salary from one of the content vendors generating free apps.

    No killer apps, no killer business.

    Microsoft, on the other hand, has long ago moved into the driver’s seat for commercial activities that has become a golden chair that will last for years to come. They can sell and resell MS Office and base OS software, along with specialized servers and database products, simply because of the inertia that comes with such a massive system as Wintel in the workplace has become.

    Wait and see.

  3. JD says:

    Congratulations bw, for completely missing the point again.

    In this day and age of mobile devices, it is all about the ecosystem. It is a big win for Android devs as their apps can now also run on Windoze devices. It is a huge loss for M$, as this will push more of their dev base towards Android. The worst part is M$ don’t see a dime from Android apps. This further devalues their already despised platform, and will make their app store even more of a ghost town.

    Bluestacks = Win / Win for devs, Win / Lose for customers (lose for buying M$) and Lose / Lose for M$.

  4. bw says:

    Did I miss something here? The BlueStacks App Player app seems to let someone run Android apps on a Windows computer which would strike me as an advantage for Windows, not for Android. If there were a “killer app” only available in Android form then this program would allow people to use it without switching.

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