Google TV: It's the Platform, Stupid

Back in the dawn of time — sometimes referred to as “1996” — WebTV was launched as one of the first serious attempts to bridge the gap between TV and the Internet. A year later, Microsoft acquired it. A decade-and-change later, few...


Nexus One: Success or Failure?

Recently, Sprint declined to support the Nexus One Android phone. This comes on the heels of Verizon making a similar move earlier this year. In each case, the Nexus One is ostensibly being replaced by other HTC-manufactured Android...


Android and the CafePress Model

The really cool thing about open source mobile operating systems, like Android and Symbian, is that they open up so many possible business models for people to try. I have written about these from time to time, and here is another...


Android in 2013: Open Source

This post wraps up the Android in 2013 series, covering where Android's possible future. This last segment focuses on open source, the spark of much interest at Android's public outset and the cause of much angst in the years...


Android in 2013: Ecosystem

This is part five in a continuing overview of where Android may wind up in 2013. Previous posts in the series examined the smartphone segment, other devices, OS capabilities, and applications.Today, we'll look at the broader Android...


Android in 2013: Applications

The “Android in 2013” blog post series has looked at Android proper to date: on smartphones, on other devices, and the OS itself. Today, let's prognosticate on what may well happen in the world of Android applications.Trying to...


Android in 2013: Capabilities

Two weeks ago, I began the “Android in 2013” series, projecting where Android will be a few years' out. The two initial posts were focused on Android hardware, first smartphones, then everything other than smartphones.Today, let's...


Android in 2013: Beyond Smartphones

Last week, I began the “Android in 2013” series, projecting where Android will be a few years' out. That initial post focused on what people usually think of with respect to Android: smartphones.However, the little green guy is...


Android in 2013: Smartphones

Enorium asked me to deliver a presentation on “Android in 2013” as part of an Android seminar. This is the first in a series of blog posts that will walk through the topics I intend to touch upon in that presentation.Smartphones are...


Android: The Scratch-Resistant OS

The Symbian Foundation keeps kicking off developer-focused initiatives. One of the more recent is the Symbian Bug Squad, an attempt to convince developers to help test and fix bugs in the Symbian platform via structured events. For...


Android in Court

While everyone focuses on the patent infringement suit Apple filed against HTC, there are many smaller skirmishes happening in all of software development, and the Android ecosystem is far from immune.Some developers have been the...


Flipping Back in Time

As has been covered extensively online, AT&T's edition of the Motorola Backflip has disabled the ability to install third-party applications except via the Android Market. Presumably, the rationale is to make it more difficult to


The Nexus of the Enterprise

I often tell students and consulting customers that enterprises and malware authors have many of the same interests. They both want to control phones, irrespective of the wishes of the users of those phones. Malware authors do this...


Too Qt for Words

As noted last week, two other open source smartphone platforms are Symbian and Meego, the latter a merger of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo. What is interesting about that merger is that Meego will be using Nokia's Qt UI toolkit,...


Meego: And Then There Were Three

Mobile World Congress 2010 is a milestone event. Android's momentum continues, with a range of new devices from stalwarts (HTC, Motorola) and newer entrants (Acer, Huwaei). Microsoft and RIM had major announcements for their...


The Insides of an Android

Overnight, I received yet another request to deliver training on Android internals: how to create Android devices, work with Android firmware, and the like. While I offer training related to Android, it's only on application...


The Kernel of the Issue -- has Android forked from Linux?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post cajoling Android developers to be more self-reliant, rather than expecting Google to make every conceivable addition to Android and related technologies. The Android community doesn't need Google's...


Raising a Market

Some people have taken issue with my calls for developers to employ alternative markets in addition to — or possibly instead of — the Android Market. The prevailing sentiment seems to be “too much work, not enough results”. That is a


Ask Not What Google Can Do For Developers...

Many people have lots of ideas of things that Google should do with Android. These range from code changes to Market changes to license changes to support changes. Heck, I've had and written about a few of them myself.However, by and


The Calculus of Integration

A lot of developers like going past the bounds of the Android SDK to tap on innards that, while publicly accessible, are not part of the official API and therefore are subject to change. Reading the SMS client database, connecting to


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