The next billion users of IT, perhaps even the next few billion, will likely be using Android/Linux smartphones if Google has anything to say about it.“For every HTC and Samsung, there are tens of Android hardware makers who have to redesign their smartphones to hit a certain low price. This is especially true in the developing world, where keeping the cost down means a lot of effort is spent tweaking devices — something that Google feels is a waste of time. That’s why it’s launching Android One, a program where Mountain View’s engineers will design cost-conscious hardware, and other companies will simply manufacture it. There are plenty of fringe benefits, but the biggest one is that Google will be able to dictate a minimum set of standards for forthcoming Android handsets.” Don’t believe me? Check out the rate of growth of Android/Linux page-views globally, according to StatCounter:
That’s before Google’s new initiative to standardize a really inexpensive/affordable Android/Linux smartphone, sparing all comers even the bother of designing something. This is like IBM standardizing the “PC” back in the day. On top of the already explosive growth what will happen? Armageddon for Wintel? The dawning of a new age? The closing of the Digital Divide? I think this will be the biggest wave of adoption the world of IT has ever seen, billions of new users in a few short years, all using FLOSS on small cheap computers. Then, there are the ChromeBooks which have been successful in education and some business segments. Google plans a global push to consumers, lots of consumers. In five years, will Wintel even matter on the client side?
“Google is leaving no stone unturned to make its Chromebook a mainstream device for consumers.”See also Google I/O 2014: Chromebooks to Get Android App Support and More Soon.
SJVN beat me by a few hours but his take is similar. Google is hot. */Linux is hot. Bringing Android and Linux to the masses is happening.