Android has been in the news lately for a lot of reasons, but what is it that you really need to know among these news. Google in the recently held I/O Summit launched Android 2.2 also known as Froyo, dubbed as the game changer in mobile platforms, for Enterprises particularly. So what is the real deal with Android and what are the top 5 reasons you should consider this buzz seriously.
1) Android!! Really??
A recent report by Canalys Research showed that Android based smartphones in the US grew a massive 886% in this quarter, becoming the largest smartphone platform in the US. Approximately 14.7 million smartphone units were sold in the U.S., which accounts for 23% of the global market. Now, if this was 2009 or even 2008 it well would have been the Iphone, with out any doubt. So, what does it really hold for Indian CIOs?
According to Gartner, Indian Android sales are at a very nascent stage, but then that was exactly the prediction Gartner made for Virtualisation in 2007 or for the Cloud in 2008. Well, you can clearly see the difference.
Let me give you another statistic, in the Google I/O Summit 2010, Andy Rubin, Vice President- Engineering of Google, announced that Android was being launched on 100,000 devices per day. Very recently he updated that figure to 160,000 devices per day. That's means two new Android devices every second as you read this.
2) Cloud Phone, With Cloud OS
The cloud has revolutionised the enterprise, now just imagine what it can do to your phone. Think ahead of the Blackberry mailing system and the enterprise level security protocols. Think of the very possibility of running your Enterprise Applications on the cloud from your phone securely. Enterprise mobility 3.0 perhaps!
This May at the I/O Summit, Google's VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin said, “We're developing new ways to harness that computing power, giving APIs to third-party developers that don't exist on the device but exist in the cloud, so those APIs can be connected to from a third-party service and then pushed to devices.” The Android's Cloud to Device Messaging API, provides a mechanism that servers will use to tell applications on the device to contact the server and fetch the recent/updated application or user data.