Android: State of the Platform

Every once in a while, it's worth it to take a moment to reflect and look forward; and, with that in mind, this is the first of a four-parter that will look at the changes that have happened on each of the three major mobile platforms over the past year, where those platforms are headed in the coming year, and the last part will take a look at the new challengers on the way. Starting things off is the current market leader: Android...
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19. papss unregistered

I agree.. Especially what the note 3 can do. Bloated or not its more feature rich than stock.

41. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

The kitkat release doesn't have ART and screen recording. I take that as serious disappointment

20. domfonusr

Posts: 1073; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I've gotten the feeling that Android is moving away from the claimed "open-source" model, and that the treatment of non-Google Android devices is evidence of that. Not that they have completely lost the "open-source" mantra, but they are minimizing it over time. The seed of the death of open-source is inherent in Android - the Apache license, in particular. I worry that the time will come when an Android outside of Google's control will be impossible, beyond the existing forks. I worry that what is now Google's Android will eventually get walled off, and not necessarily by Google's own doing. I also have issues with the size of the Android kernel, and how its design affects smooth operation for handsets that are underpowered in terms of specs. I always liked the nanokernel design of Symbian, but Android is a hybrid kernel, and therefore a lot more unwieldy. That said, I still like some things about Android. I like having the option to tweak things, and the option to code my own programs. I also like the variety inherent in the Android ecosystem. I hope that these options, and variety, never go away.

29. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's about right... Android won't "belong" to Google if they don't lock down some of their core Android services,, which they have already started to.. There's a good article, that touches, on this about Android over on Windows Phone Central.. I'll see if I can find it... .......................http://www.wpcentral.com/googles-sale-motorola-samsung-threat-windows-phone

30. domfonusr

Posts: 1073; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It does make a lot of sense. I try not to get into too much conspiracy talk, but there have been a couple recently that just begged to be pegged... like the Sony in with Rockstar against Android on one front, and cooperating with SCO against all of Linux on the other. This whole Samsung-Google dynamic smacks of the same, as well, except that it is aimed the other way. Almost no one is blameless anymore.

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You know.. I remember when I was a kid there was none of this online rumors, instant online insider tips, instant news of the behind the scenes action between companies.. No internet period,, and I didn't care about all that.. I was huge Sony fan, a fan of everything Sony made.. I used to be so excited when that new Crutchfield catalog came in the mail, and I combed it for anything new that Sony made.. I dashes, speakers, cameras, TV's, anything.. That was my passion... We just sat back and waited months with no clue about what the next receiver was going to look like, and how may RMS per channel it had.. Not to mention that I did this with all of my favorite products... Cars, bikes, clothes!!... Life was so much simpler when it was about focusing on what was available to buy, and being totally oblivious to the politics that brought the products to us... Life was so much simpler back in the 1990's.... Lol!!

32. domfonusr

Posts: 1073; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

90's... hah, what about the 80's. That was my decade, though I sometimes cringe at the thought! LOL

37. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Lots of ROMs available for Android phones, and many of them come with the Google bloatware, as some call it - CM creates some great stuff and gapps is optional, too.

21. GeekMovement unregistered

Wow interesting interesting! This article makes me even more excited to see what is in store this year. Looking forward to your iOS and WP articles!

34. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I miss the Nokia HumanForm concept. Too bad they are not working on it anymore

38. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I have just read the first page of the article.. its a long article.. but very informative.. i wish you had included a video or audio so that we could just play and sit back... i normally tend to pay more attention to listening than reading.

43. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

A buddy of mine uses this service:http://soundgecko.com

40. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

While Android OEMs try to make higher and higher spec devices, Google tries to make Android more light.
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