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What Would Become Of Android In 2015?

Posted In Android - By Techtiplib on Friday, March 13th, 2015 With No Comments »

In short duration if its existence, Android has outdone all its competitors comprehensively. It has become name for dominance in the world of mobile operating system and related technologies. Now after taking the entire tech world for storm, Android is slated for even a better future in the coming year. A lowdown on what to expect from Google’s mobile OS in 2015.

Who would have thought an open source operating system, launched in 2008, would go on to become a wildly popular, dominating and pioneering piece of mobile technology. Android has surprised even the most optimistic technology enthusiasts with its stupendous performance. In the current age, Android controls nearly 80 percent of the entire global market, with its closest competitor, Apple’s IOS lagging way-far behind at merely 13 percent. Even Google, the company that bought Android in mid-2005 must not have imagined this kind of success with Android. It was pretty obvious when Google’s VP of corporate development described the purchase of Android as the, “The best deal ever”.

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Ever since its inception, Android ecosystem has been a busy place, buzzing with updates and new features. 2013 was no different. There were plenty of new updates in software as well as hardware that use Android as their primary operating system. Bigger phones with better hardware specifications arrived on the scene. Tablets became mainstream and Android moved to other mobile devices such as smartwatches, digital camera and gaming device. Also, the platform saw two major updates, Android 4.3 and 4.4 (Kitkat). The ongoing Consumer Electronic Show (CES, Jan 7-10) will be witness to launch of new Android devices with bigger screens and faster hardware. In February all eyes will be on the Mobile World Congress, which could see another two-three launches of this year’s flagship devices. In order to match to the speed of the mobile hardware manufacturers, Google’s Android will have to evolve and innovate so as to make full use of the improving hardware specifications.

It’s going to be a Google show all the way

Although Android is an open source operating system, and hardware manufacturers can come up with their own version using its source code (just like Amazon has done with its tablets), it does not takes away anything from the fact that Android will remain a Google protégé. People still look up to Google for new updates and features and this influence will only increase with time. As of today, every major mobile company, like Samsung, Sony, LG              and HTC have a flagship device that runs the stock version of Android. From an average Joe to a geek, everyone appreciates such devices, partly due to the advantage they have over other mobile devices in getting early updates.

New additions to the Nexus line of devices are expected this year. Along with the next Nexus Smartphone and tablet, there is a chance we will see more of Google Play edition mobile devices in 2015.

Lesser fragmentation, lesser of problems

Fragmentation has been one of the Achilles’ heels for Android ecosystem. The openness of Android OS has led to a situation where different OS versions are in use at the same time. Different device manufacturers have modified and adapted Android for their own devices. Additionally, another reason behind this fragmentation is that it is wireless carriers and device manufacturers and not Google who is in control of OS updates.

In 2015, we should be hearing less about fragmentation than ever before. Slower rollout and shift towards incremental updates will make it inconsequential for users to buy new devices just for the sake of getting the latest OS version.

With the launch of Android 4.4, Google has also tried to curb this menace. With most services now available as standalone apps rather than being an integral part of the firmware which can be updated directly through the Google Play store, one doesn’t have to be a part of the chain that stretches from Mountain View to handset manufacturers, to carriers, before being rolled out to the general public in a phased manner. Bypassing the network certification process to roll out changes to the applications and other library features in Android as they are no longer the part of the firmware package is how Google is working around the fragmentation issue.  

Android moving beyond tablets and phones

This trend is pretty obvious. Samsung launched Galaxy Gear smart watch recently. It already has a Samsung Galaxy Camera, an android based digital camera. Electronic goods manufacturers are looking for ways to use Android in their devices. Google Glass is another major android device that is going to remain in headlines all throughout the year. There is news about android based car heads up displays and infotainments system coming up in many of the premium car manufacturer’s new offerings. It is being reported that Google is working in coordination with Audi to bring an Android-based system into your car.

The year has just begun and by the looks of it, it surely is going to be a busy one for Android fan boys. 

Author Bio:

Saurabh Tyagi is a passionate follower of social media and internet marketing in general. He keeps a pulse on latest trends and whenever required offers his valuable input on topics related to Graphic Design jobs.

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