Android = Google of consumer electronics OS?

First it was the Android Phone from HTC being launched by Google and then comes the news of a company called GNB launching a 7-inch netbook based off Google’s Android platform (and a Freescale iMX31 processor). You would think, thats it, but it does not stop there – Sony announces new walkman and PND for 2010 launch based off Android, T-Mobile is planning on launching new handsets based on Android and to top it all Google’s own announcement to launch 18 new handsets based on Android.

Acer, Sony Ericsson, Lenovo and the list goes on…here

Game Changer?

Has Android caused the kind of disruption in the consumer electronics operating system world as Google caused in the search engine market with a cheap, free and elegant solution and a charmingly “packaged” business model!

It does have some charm to it, it is open sourced, based on Linux kernel and provides access to all the functions of the phone to core as well as third party apps, which can help provide fast, easy and personalized services for users…

But what is the downside? Will it remain another peripheral play just like Linux vs. Windows? Probably and depends on whether any mass-uptake features are offered, whether any long term contracts get signed between major players based on Android support for their devices – however, players don’t seem to be in a hurry to commit to Android and boot Windows as per the HTC announcement (here) – “HTC will always have more Windows Mobiles than Android”…this could well be a rash comment or the vision of the world at the top?

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