Google Android is a complete software system which can be adopted to mobile devices like cell phones, PDAs etc. It is developed by a consortium of many leading players in the consumer electronic segment such as Google, HTC, Intel, LG, Motorola, Samsung and many others. Initially it was Google who started the process of developing it in an endeavor to provide open standard for mobile services. Other entrepreneurs joined Google to form the consortium named Open Handset Alliance (OHA).
The first Android mobile device platform built on the Linux kernel version 2.6 was soon introduced. This achievement of Open Handset Alliance earned the promoters accolades of others like Sony, Ericsson, Toshiba Corp, and Vodafone who also joined the consortium. By the end of 2008 Android was made available for the users as an open source. The platform is found adaptive to larger VGA, 2D and 3D graphic library and MP3 players based on an open general license.
The new operating system has many takers. Acer has already announced the production of Android handset. Similarly Samsung and Vodafone are also contemplating on the introduction of Android Handsets. Many others may follow suit if the market sources are to be believed. Hewlett-Packard Company is in the process of manufacturing small computers or net books adopting the software developed by Google led consortium. Many other leading manufacturers have expressed their options to make use of Android based devices taking advantage of the multiple platforms offered by the new technology.
The consumers can expect more products in the market based on the Google Android, as efforts are being undertaken to produce them with active support from the hardware makers all over the world. Linux net books and embedded systems are expected to reach markets soon. Other innovative products are Home phones and Tablet Computers both from T-mobiles. It is indicative of the fact that market competition will be stiffer between these products and those of Microsoft. Google, which is playing a dominant role in the internet search platform, has now to face the Microsoft, a monopoly player in the computer segment. But Microsoft is so far safe from potential competitors. However market watchers are cautious when pointing out that Android based Net books may make dents on the Microsoft’s profits.
Many of the leading PC makers are planning to use the Google Android operating system. The emerging trends in the contemporary markets are indicating the upsurge of Google Android as a complete software stack for mobile devices. As in the case of other technologies, there are ample prospects for Google Android as it is redefining the concepts of handsets as well as other wireless devices in the consumer electronic segments. Some market watchers are optimistic to predict that Android will capture a significant market share in the near future despite Microsoft.