There was a time when you got your new computer home it was likely to be an HP and it ran Microsoft Windows on an Intel processor. You knew what to expect. Well, not anymore. At Microsoft’s BUILD conference for developers in Southern California, they unveiled their next operating system on a machine that didn’t have an Intel processor inside. At the same time, a few hundred miles north in San Francisco, Intel was unveiling a software partnership for an operating system – and it wasn’t with Microsoft! A few weeks ago, HP said it was spinning off or getting rid of its PC business, or not. What’s going on! Can’t we trust the status quo anymore? What happened to the Old Order?
The Android operating system generates a lot of buzz in the marketplace today, will it kill the use of RTOSes.
Google has recently reassured the market that Android will continue to be the open and processor neutral platform that it was meant to be, without lock-downs or restrictions against UI customizations. The dust up was because Google wants to avoid the type of fragmentation that would prevent applications like the latest hot Angry Birds Rio game that you just downloaded from working on your device.
Google deserves tremendous credit for the way they have driven and are driving Android as an open source architecture-neutral framework. The result is that its success and popularity has far surpassed even the most optimistic projections of just a few years ago. Originally targeted to cell phone handsets, there currently appears to be no limit to the markets and applications in which Android will be deployed.