Thursday, October 24, 2013

A "look but don't touch" kind of open

I saw an article today on Ars Technica that has a really good write up on how Google is controlling open source Android. In a world where Android has 80% of the market, I can certainly see why Google is itching for more control. I can't fault them.

In a Headless Android world, many of the points in the article don't hold much sway. It's mostly about apps and Google Play services. However, some of the APIs that have been tied in to some of Google apps, like location services, could be very relevant to Headless Android.

Here is the link. It's worth the time to read.

Google's iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Presentation - The Growth of Android in Embedded Systems

I was watching my Google alerts today and an interesting presentation by Benjamin Zores he gave at Droidcon 2013 in Paris this week came up. I would have loved to have seen the actual presentation, but the slides give a pretty good summary of what he talked about.

The Growth of Android in Embedded Systems

He certainly raised some valid points in his conclusions, that (as I read it) Android isn't for everyone. Ice Cream Sandwich pushes the resource limits pretty high, generally due to graphics requirements. Benjamin's final conclusion states that Android is good for devices featuring an LCD screen and are primarily app-driven.

For non-UI focused devices, Android is only beneficial if you can turn off all that UI stuff and still maintain the power of the platform. It remains to be seen whether Google will see the vision in a Headless Android port (doubtful) so in the mean time, the heavy lifting is left up to individual companies.