Oct 19 AT 2:03 PM Edgar Cervantes 7 Comments

Video: Andy Rubin wants to see Android on every screen


The announcement of the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich was not the only major event that took place in Hong Kong. In fact, Google’s Andy Rubin had a chance to talk at AsiaD, covering topics like Android, its future, the competition and tablets.

Of course, the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich was one of the main topics covered — one of the most (probably even the most) revolutionary updates to the Android platform. It symbolizes the commitment that Google has to the mobile market,and the bright future ahead.

We want everything to be smooth as butterAndy RubinGoogle

Why is this update so major, though? Simply put, it’s the intention behind it. Ice Cream Sandwich has two major purposes: improving the user interface and unifying the tablet and phone versions of the the Android OS. As you may have already seen, Android 4.0 is a completely revamped OS compared to the other Android versions. Its possibilities are endless.

Andy Rubin’s focus centered on the future of Android. He wants to see it on every screen out there, except for Nuclear reactors and weapons systems. This may seem like a simple attempt at altruism, but Google is actually taking a step forward. In an effort to stop this very powerful technology from being used to harm humanity, Android’s licencing terms actually prohibit the Android platform from being used in such systems. This is definitely nice to hear, and we hope that Google keeps this philosophy in the years to come.

Tell me what screen Android shouldn’t be onAndy RubinGoogle

In the video, Andy goes into detail about the Android OS, the competition (including RIM, Apple, Microsoft and even Amazon’s Kindle Fire) and the tablet market.

After talking about the competition, he moves on to a topic that specifically sparks our interest: competition within the Android platform itself. Google has created an open platform, which can be used and modified by manufacturers as well as consumers. Andy Rubin has mentioned before that, while Android is open source, it is not a community-driven project.

There are certain limitations and requirements manufacturers have to fulfill to be supported by Google. Other companies have decided to take an alternative route and build their own tablets without Google’s full tablet/phone support. Amazon is the major example. Amazon’s Kindle Fire will be mostly focused on Amazon services as opposed to Google’s.

Upon being asked about this, Rubin responded in the best way we could expect, “As the creator of an open platform, Google is fine with such practices.” He goes on to say that he would consider himself a third-party developer for his own platform, Android. Google would be happy to make its own apps available in the Amazon App Store, if possible.

Of course, Google not only wants Android on every screen out there; it also wants its services available in most devices. We have already seen them work closely with RIM, iOS and other platforms to bring Google’s services to everyone. Why would they not do the same for a manufacturer making a product based on its own platform?

Take a look at the video posted below, and let us know what you think about Google’s philosophy. Do you see a bright future for Android? Are they doing things the right way?

Image Via All Things Digital

Via: All Things Digital

Source: All Things Digital

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Andy Bum

    I bet he was drunk again….drinks anyone?

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    why not nuclear reactors? if android could reduce the risk of meltdown then surley thats a good thing..

    • CTown

      I really don’t think a general purpose OS belongs on something like this… ALL general purpose OS’ bug out at one point or another!

      However, you do get upranked for trying to destroy the entire Tri-State Area! Bwa ha ha ha!

  • Nathan

    Well that nice to read about

  • PhilH

    So has he asked anyone from MS why WP has flopped? I mean you can’t say Android tablets have flopped (though they have grown faster than the phones did) and say that WP is a player in the game yet he keeps asking about WP as if it is.

  • PhiH

    Another thing. Its time for Google to start stepping up and stop letting the blogosphere dictate that apps have to work the way they do on iOS with a separate tablet and phone app. They need to start explaining the fragments API at opportunities like this because it actually murders iOS. And they should also do a survey to find out if developers have not changed their apps for tablets simply because the apps work just fine as they are. It might just be that they feel they don’t need to dedicate efforts to adding fragments to an app JUST because Apple has two versions.

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    i think he completley missed the point of the question from the lady at the end.

    the twitter phone app does work on “fine” on a tablet but i would rather it worked amazingly well on a tablet. optimized for the real estate.