Once upon a time, Microsoft had more than 90 percent market share in the computing market. When Windows first hit the scene, Ronald Reagan was in the White House. By 1990, Windows 3.0 was dominant, offering its best ever multitasking muscle thanks to the introduction of virtual memory. Everyone took notice – and Windows, for the first time, garnered serious support from the software development community.
By 1995, Bill Gates was celebrating the launch of Windows 95 – referred to by Microsoft’s once Windows chief Steven Sinofsky as a generational change.
And then emerged Android.
Google, following in the innovative footsteps of Microsoft, clearly wanted to create a generational change all its own. Almost covertly, Android began its existence. Now with nearly a billion total devices sold and 1.5 million devices activated per day, Android is the world’s most popular mobile platform – powering devices in more than 190 countries. Android’s openness has made it a favorite for consumers and developers alike, driving strong growth in app consumption. Android users download more than 1.5 billion apps and games from Google Play each month.
Right now, mobile devices are projected to put over half the world’s population online by 2018 — some 3.9 billion internet users — according to Cisco’s recently released State of the Internet Report. Cisco claims that mobile devices, responsible for 33 percent of all traffic last year, will surge to 57 percent by 2018, driving the expansion of internet access worldwide. Google’s Eric Schmidt has even tweeted: “For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected.”
Does this mean Android is the new Windows?
While some market watchers claim the PC is on life support and Microsoft’s monopoly status is coming to an end in the enterprise and with consumers, not every market insider is so quick to give Android props for dethroning the power of Windows – for enterprise users especially.
According to TechCrunch, Android is a growing platform with endless form-factor diversity and strong OEM support, just like Windows has maintained and still enjoys. Android’s flexibility for users and developers has created an explosion in app variety and an unruly app store with a growing malware issue – the same unarguably true of the early “Wild West” days of Windows.
According to statista, a leading internet-based statistics company, it seems there is a new sheriff in town and it’s Android. Google’s open operating system Android will be installed on almost 50 percent of all connected devices shipped this year. That includes PCs, mobile phones, tablets and the so called hypermobiles, a new category of devices that consists of tablet/PC hybrids and cloud-based laptops such as Google’s Chromebook.
So, is Android really the new Windows?
According to LapTop, while Android is the most popular mobile operating system, it’s always had a hard time crossing over to the more than 1 billion desktop machines. Console OS is hoping its Kickstarter campaign – Console OS with Android Inside – will provide the funding necessary to create an OS that will bridge the gap between Windows and Android. Console OS envisions a future in which users will have the freedom to switch seamlessly between productivity tasks on Windows and playing their favorite Android games on a wide range of devices. This includes laptops, desktops, tablets and hybrid devices.
Just imagine, your PC could run all the Android apps that your phone and tablet run!
Console OS is talking about taking Android apart, and putting it back together for your PC. It is a fork of Android designed to take everything that has made mobile awesome, and bring it to your PC. CEO at Mobile Media Ventures, Inc., and Founder of iConsole.tv, Christopher Price leads the team behind Console OS, rebuilding Android to be a primary operating system for the PC.
What does the future hold for Android, Windows and Console OS?