The Year Ahead for Google’s Android

2011 may kick off with a lot of pressure on Google in upgrading its Android operating system software. We may see a year where Google will focus extremely on developing and releasing its upcoming Honeycombe for the Android device, something a number of Android makers are betting on.

2010 has not only been moonshine and roses for Google’s Android.

Earlier in 2010 Samsung Electronics had to fight to have the Android Market app, which connects users to the software’s online treasure trove of more than 150,000 apps, on its Galaxy Tab, according to an unnamed executive.

At that time Google was still struggling to decide if it wanted to put its upcoming Chrome OS in tablets and make Android exclusive to smartphones.

Google also announced publicly in 2010 that the Android OS better fit smartphones instead of tablet computers. The Chrome OS also better fit Google’s cloud strategy according to an executive.

Upon the release of Apple’s iPad, Google found a new urgency in creating a better tablet-friendly version of Android. Although Google thought that Chrome OS may have been a better fit for tablet devices, one important factor may have come to mind: The importance of compatibility of apps across smartphones and tablets, which was evident at the time from the iPad.

There are currently around 300,000 apps available to Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users, of which 40,000 are specifically designed for the iPad. By contrast, Google’s Android Market does not offer any tablet-only apps to its users, only smartphone apps.

A third party company, Appslib, has moved towards filling the void by establishing its tablet-only App Store for Android users. The company is not affiliated with Google.

With that being said, the importance of developing a version of the Android, specifically for tablets cannot be overstated.

According to expectations, around 60 million tablet devices will be sold in 2011, which will be lead by Android and Apple’s iOS, and already a number of tablet makers are complaining about working with Google.

Many analysts are at one saying that Android is not yet ready for tablet computers and user experiences are suffering.

Google are well aware of this, and it can be said with certainty that Google would not want to lose its grip on this market with their current versions of Android.

We believe that in 2011, Google may be focusing stringently on the release of its newly announced Honeycombe OS, which will be ideally suited for tablet devices. Should Honeycombe, however, not see the light, be believe that Chrome OS may pave the way for operating tablet computers in the new year.

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