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Android for Work

By Marziah Karch
Après| English | 309 pages | PDF | 10.841 KB | Download | Password: android

Android is still innovating very rapidly, both from operating system (OS) upgrades and phone vendor modifications, and new Android-based phones are being released all the time. This book was written mainly using a Google Nexus One running Android 2.1 and 2.2. The Nexus One model was both powerful and carrier neutral, so it seemed an ideal choice.

ChangeWave is a research network that examines technological trends for investors through surveys and focus groups. According to a ChangeWave survey, 6 percent of those surveyed wanted their next phone to run Android in September of 2009. Three months later, 21 percent of users wanted one. Only 4 percent of those surveyed actually had an Android phone. That’s quite a leap for an operating system (OS) that was only available on one phone the year prior.

Android is a relative newcomer to the phone market, yet this mobile OS is already being introduced on phones by virtually every phone manufacturer and major US wireless company. It’s flexible, fun, and boasts thousands of apps. It doesn’t hurt that Google released the OS for free.

Android had a very different philosophy when compared to Apple and the iPhone. Anyone could use Android in their devices for free, anyone could modify Android, and anyone could develop apps for it without seeking permission to put their apps in the Android Market. Google also seeded the Android app market by holding developer contests with cash prizes, so by the time the first Android phone arrived in stores, there was a selection of apps available for download.

Is it good for business users? Absolutely, Just as the iPhone gained popularity with consumers before it became a legitimate business choice, Android phones are becoming consumer favorites with serious business apps following closely behind. Because Android allows a high level of customization, large enterprise deployments can even create a phone uniquely suited to the needs of their employees.

One of the more interesting uses for Android has been in devices that aren’t even phones. Android powers eBook readers and netbooks (and it could even power your microwave). If you have regular access to Wi-Fi and don’t mind taking an extra device with you, you may not need to buy a full smartphone in order to take advantage of Android.

Touch Revolution makes an Android-powered touch interface for other companies called the NIM1000. Touch Revolution is an original design manufacturer (ODM), which means they create products for other companies to brand as their own. You’ll never see Touch Revolution on the interface, but a representative told me that their technology was being used to create Android-powered interfaces for medical devices and the back of airline seats.

Touch Revolution picked Android because it’s easily customizable and free. Touch Revolution also felt Android was better designed than Windows CE, the Touch Revolution interface. To prove the versatility of its design, Touch Revolution demonstrated an Android-powered washing machine, microwave, printer, and enterprise phone set. That doesn’t mean anyone will actually use Android to determine the length of their spin cycle. However, people are likely to use Android interfaces on devices that have nothing in common with phones.

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