2013 came and soon it will go with 2014 right in the corner and Android is growing stronger and bigger every year. I thought of taking the time today to blog about what is going to happen in 2014 and where will Android be.
One thing for sure Android will go stronger, bigger and faster next year with new hardware coming out with higher specifications and bells and whistles. The question will be, is this going to be enough for the consumer ? and the answer I can say loud and clear will be NO. Consumer will want more and more and they will crave for new cool and exciting stuff, which vendors can only deliver though new innovation. There are 2 parts in Android – hardware and software.
In hardware world boundaries of coming up with smaller component is the real trend, you will see more smaller component or the merging of peripherals into single chip. In most devices we see accelerometer, gyroscrope, WiFi, etc all coming from different vendors and running separately, the next generationd devices will start seeing merging of these different technologies. This also means that cost will be much lower, what you $300 this year will gives you more next year. New sensors will start emerging allowing different variety of usage for consumer too.
ARM based SoC will pop up like mushroom everywhere especially from China. There will be new player that will come up with new SoC for specific niche market that will run Android on it. Android accessories market is the one area that are still in its infancy but hopefully Google will make it easier or provide moreA API that allow external peripherals communicate with the core Android.
Looking at the software side there will be more innovation happening here. Google will be pushing Android hard and fast and I’m sure they have big plans on pushing this boundary. They will try to make Android slimmer and faster, what I’m seeing will be a dual version of Android – heavy and light. The light version will have the basic infrastructure – packaging, security, etc while the heavy version will be what it is today but with more features added. Eventually Android will be streamlined to work as a base platform with all the different services added on top of it. Surely if you have seen Android source code base you notice that it’s just like a bunch of wire string together to make the different parts work, which it does work, however I’m sure internally Google are planning to clean this up and come up with a different approach to make it more easier to integrate. This is a big approach and it could be done incrementally.
It won’t be fair to talk about software and not touch on developing on Android. Google will try to push HTML 5 as one of the languages that developer can use to write app for Android. Chromium by itself has been mildly successful in their own space with their own ecosystem and it is now part of Android stock browser which makes it an obvious candidate for Google to push this further. Android Studio will be the de factor standard for IDE as it has been designed to make it simpler for developer to write apps.
In education world (high school, university, etc) will make Android as part of their curriculum, also in embedded topics Android will be an ideal choice to work with as it covers the whole stack from low hardware layer all the way to the application and distribution. Android is attractive to be included as curriculum because of it’s openess and maturity in the market, allowing new upcoming engineer to get exposure more than what they can every dream of.
Android has evolved and 2014 will be the time for new innovation and I’m excited to be part of this great journey.