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?
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