In as we speak’s cellular market, Google Android has been dominating greater than 80 p.c of smartphones gross sales. Whereas it’s essential to maintain up with the newest tendencies and applied sciences, in an interplay with Gizbot, Ashwin Ramachandra, VP, and Head, Product Engineering Companies, Sasken Applied sciences Restricted, has revealed key factors on the newest applied sciences enhancing the Android house.
Additional, he has talked about the important thing tendencies of Android improvement and the way it will outline market modifications and the way the expertise will additional dominate the market. So learn on under to know concerning the newest tendencies within the Android world.
Evolution of Android
Although the preliminary plan was to create a digital camera platform, Android was modified to be used in handsets after Google acquired it. Since then, Google has enhanced Android stack with frameworks which might be utility improvement pleasant and options that delight client, within the numerous variations of Android that now we have seen over time. Resulting from its openness and ease of customization, Android noticed an enormous uptake with gadget producers (aside from handsets) for gadgets resembling digital cameras, wearable gadgets, and good TVs. A number of years in the past, Google began specializing in together with help for the automotive phase in Android. Google can be planning to make Android obtainable for Automotive instantly not like Android Auto.
Android has, now, developed to be the working system of selection for good dwelling gadgets and automobiles because of its flexibility of including options and enhancements for numerous use instances in houses and automobiles. The most recent model, Android Oreo, creates a extra seamless Bluetooth consumer expertise when connecting gadgets to the in-vehicle infotainment system (IVI). The IVI listens for occasions, resembling unlocking a automotive door or beginning the engine and robotically scans for in-range Bluetooth gadgets.
What are the technological tendencies which might be presently enhancing the Android house?
Whereas Android has all the time been within the gadgets house, “we’ll see a rise in its penetration in different verticals – most significantly within the Automotive house,” Mr. Ramachandra mentioned.
Whereas as we speak, lower than 5-10 p.c automobiles have an Android infotainment system, we imagine that it will likely be upwards of 40-50 p.c in 2020. Provided that the Automotive trade has lengthy R&D cycles, there’s a giant inflection of Android within the Automotive house. “If you happen to take a look at what occurred within the gadgets house virtually a decade in the past, we had a number of working programs resembling Symbian, Linux-based, in addition to particular person, home-grown working programs. Android got here and altered all of that into one thing like a duopoly, so far as smartphones are involved with about 85 p.c market share,” he added. He additionally believes that the adoption goes to repeat within the infotainment house which implies that the market share of Android goes to considerably improve within the subsequent three to 5 years. This would be the single greatest breakaway development of Android that shall be seen outdoors the gadgets house.
How are cellular functions are more and more enjoying an important position for companies and altering folks’s lives?
The most recent model of Android provides extra choices to customers and builders to fine-tune functions. A big neighborhood of builders helps to construct various functions thus driving fast innovation. Google is specializing in educating the general public about their sturdy utility safety programs to alter the notion of Android as a non-secure OS in comparison with iOS.
What does it take for smartphone producers to maintain abreast with the newest model of Android?
Smartphone producers discover it very difficult to make sure that their gadgets are up-to-date with the newest variations of Android. Whereas they must guarantee that their gadgets can help the newest model of the Android OS, in addition they have to make sure that their gadgets have the newest to be able to make full use of the options that the newer variations allow. For instance, if the newest model of Android offers mirroring applied sciences then the good cellphone’s should additionally be capable of help this. Therefore, a serious problem that smartphone producers undergo is getting the newest handset to the market and in time with the discharge of a brand new model of Android. Despite the fact that software program updates are vital for OEMs to make sure that customers have the newest working programs, the presence of older in gadgets can compromise on the gadget’s total efficiency.
Are you able to elaborate on Sasken’s answer for the purchasers?
The numerous penetration of Android within the Automotive house is one thing of curiosity. We now have seen Android enter different areas like Sensible TVs however the inflection and influence it has had in that house is considerably decrease than what it will be within the Automotive house for Android. “Within the Automotive house, we’re going to see loads of Android-based infotainment programs and Android within the cockpit of the automotive will come into play. Coming to our partnerships, now we have very deep relationships and intensive expertise of working within the Android ecosystem with semiconductor distributors, tier-1s, and OEMs. At present, we’re witnessing that R&D spends have shifted to Android-based infotainment and Android-based telematics programs, which have turn out to be vital, and it’ll proceed to develop,” he acknowledged.
Entry to Android in addition to semiconductor platforms has given us alternatives to innovate and herald new experiences into the Android ecosystem. Within the cellular house, Sasken has been doing that with upgrades and new product introductions. Within the Automotive house, he has mentioned that it will likely be barely completely different as a result of Android was initially designed to be a cellular working system and subsequently adapting it to the Automotive setting requires modifications, a few of which have been carried out on the Android generic framework itself.
Nevertheless, “we are able to see loads of avenues for furthering that in addition to bringing in improvements and experiences which might be presently not a part of the Android ecosystem. We all know that over a time frame they’ll in all probability get subsumed into the Android system itself however our deep understanding of the infotainment house and Android has helped us acknowledge alternatives the place we are able to herald these differentiated experiences,” he responded.
Are you able to give us insights on how Sasken has taken a vantage place within the Android ecosystem?
Sasken is at a vantage level due to the deep relationships now we have with semiconductor corporations. Silicon chips within the subsequent two years will most probably have Android as one of many two or three default working programs. Provided that, now we have gained such an in depth expertise with Android within the cellular house over the previous decade, we’re leveraging that to work with numerous stakeholders within the Android ecosystem to deliver up Android-based programs for automobiles.
Are you able to please elucidate on the significance of utility safety in an more and more related world?
At present, telephones are getting used more and more for delicate functions social media and cellular banking. Therefore, safety is paramount. Biometric authentication and complicated password protections are gaining extra traction with buyer consciousness, secure looking, recognizing phishing changing into extraordinarily vital. A related gadget is an invite to unscrupulous parts to hack the system which is why all related gadgets are prone to assaults. Subsequently, utility shops must implement excessive warning and stringent gadget safety insurance policies to guarantee that the apps are verified and safe to be used. Customers additionally must train warning in downloading functions and should obtain solely these which were verified and cleared by respective utility shops.
A small comparability between Android, Home windows or different OS
Android and iOS are the highest two working programs for cellphones on this planet whereas Home windows and MAC compete for the PC house. At present, Android has the best market share (near 85 p.c) and its open supply improvement functionality additionally ensures that the market will get high-quality telephones from the bottom value vary utilizing newest applied sciences like 4G. This has considerably helped within the vast adoption of Android. In comparison with iOS, Android offers extra choices to its customers with OEMs additionally including their very own options to draw clients. iOS, however, has closed improvement and restricted options however clients preferring iOS prefer it for its fabulous consumer expertise.
Commercialization of Android variations in areas throughout the globe
Sasken has performed an important position in delivering R&D companies to port numerous variations of Android on main chipset platforms out there as we speak and has helped launch over 20 completely different fashions. Extra lately, our understanding of the Android framework helped us quickly construct, take a look at, and develop launch-ready options for an Asian CE Conglomerate. The checklist of options included fingerprint-based utility entry, location-based profiling for utility availability, good reply to allow location sharing, and a custom-made utility launcher to allow dynamic presentation of related functions.