Android is open source and available on a variety of devices, all with many different memory and processing limitations. You can easily tie into the system, even without rooting, in order to take any phone and turn it into a machine, only limited by how far you want to take it. Is the processor a limit? Break out your solder and replace it. Don’t have a front-facing camera? Add it. Sure that takes a little bit of delicate work, but this is how we began in the 1980′s with personal computers. All of these pieces are being sold on back channel websites, just like they were by Michael Dell out of the back of a magazine, today. If you don’t have enough system memory, how about a simple configuration update to set applications to default to install on a Secure Digital card?
Hacking and cracking the system doesn’t even sound like the right words to describe what is possible with Android and other phones. At the end of the day, these mobile devices are basic computer systems, running kernels that computer scientists have been familiar with since computers have been around. What Android brings to the table, is the research and 3rd party support for hardware that is hardly available for iPhone or Blackberry. For example: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Cricket all layer their phones with modified configurations to meet their goals. Lifting that layer of a base configuration opens your mobile device to it’s full potential, allowing pure access to functions and hardware. With the extended open source world, Android provides the full software and driver suite to plug and play a variety of Linux systems, such as Ubuntu Mobile onto a phone you use every day.
Android is sitting at more than 53% of the mobile market today. We are seeing phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S class compete directly against the iPhone. Android almost seems like the past Windows of the word, just 30 years in the future. Boy, that company I cannot even explain any more (MSFT). With the dominant share in the market today, what is the next direction for Android? I fear that it may be itself.
Do you remember Chrome and it’s Chromebooks? The next and current battle for Android might be consolidating it’s two missions into a single front. Google Chrome has also completely dominated on the web browser front. With Android on the mobile front, and Google Chromebooks for sale, is it possible to combine them? or have them play nice with each other. What I say is, Chrome vs Android. wtg Google.