Android Beyond Mobile. Way Beyond.
I recently published an article entitled “Android Beyond Mobile” in the venerable RTC Magazine, a war horse technical publication focused on real-time and embedded computing:
Originally a niche platform for mobile handsets, Android is moving into a host of embedded applications building on Linux, Java and the desires of users to frequently bring new applications into existing embedded devices. [Read More]
In the mobile/wireless development circles I frequent, the piece has been well circulated, but I have to admit that the concept has quickly gained currency, with or without my advocacy. For example, at the recent ARM techcon3 developers conference, the Android workshops offered by Mentor Graphics for general embedded development were standing-room-only affairs. I also just helped MIPS Technologies host their MIPS Linux Summit, where the focus was on Linux but much of of the buzz from IP licensees and developers alike came from Android on MIPS architecture designs in networking and multimedia.
This evening, I came across an article by my friend and colleague, Open IT Strategies blogger and professor at SJSU Joel West. The article highlights the next wave of Android disruption with a focus on the emerging eReader market, in particular on the Android-based Nook eBook from Barnes and Noble.
First phones, then netbooks, now eBooks, multimedia players, TVs, set-top boxes, DVRs — even industrial control and medical devices are turning to Android as an enabling platform, replete with applications from the Android Market and a growing ecosystem of developers and commercial players. I am almost ready to lay odds that within two years, Android will find its way into more intelligent devices outside of mobile telephony than it will in just mobile handsets.
Readers – am I crazy? Please, tell me about your plans to deploy Android beyond mobile and how the Google/OHA platform is changing development and deployment of your intelligent device designs.