Android L is the future of computing and why you should probably start paying attention to Android

So, you’re an iOS user, let me guess, how is that kool aid treatin’ ya these days?  Thought so.  Like many people (including my wife), the allure of Apple is finally starting to wear off;  Why you ask?  Well, let’s just say Tim Cook isn’t Steve Jobs and move on from there.  Oh, not buying that one?  Okay, Apple has been playing catch up with Android since Froyo.  Don’t believe me?  Well, go google it.

That aside, Google just announced “Android L” OS coming soon for Android phones and tablets.  However, it is what is NOT being talked about that people really need to be paying attention to here;  I will briefly outline a few key points that I believe is driving Google’s internal development team to push Android to new levels.

 

1 – One account, one platform.  

With everything tied to an @gmail account, Google has successfully gotten to a point where their eco-system now thrives due to the cohesive nature of which it was built upon;  You.  You are what drives the phones, tablets, chromebooks, services and Google gets that.  So much so that with Android L, we are going to see (finally) the convergence of Chrome OS and Android OS into a full meshed eco-system.  Some would call it a brave new world, however I would call it a dawn of a new era of computing.  Being able to use an Android phone, tablet or laptop would essentially give you the roundedness of your connected digital lifestyle.  All your entertainment, music, pictures in an easy to manipulate way.  Enter the forth coming Android Wear and you get a way to manage all of that incoming information in a way that is fun and memorable as we have moved away from wearing watches aside for fashion.

2 – Google is taking control of Android back from the hardware vendors.

This is a huge step in Google showing some much needed grit to reign in some control over Android and the updates.  With the farming out of serviices, apps, etc. the eco-system has become less fragmented but the issue persists.  With Android L, this won’t be a factor;  In fact, I would venture a guess that every manufacture will be rushing to push new hardware out that runs Android L instead of trying to port Android L to older phones.  All of that to say, the skins OEM’s have been using are soon going to be Play Store apps and a user choice instead of a being chosen for.  

3 – Google is betting the farm on owning your desktop/laptop systems within 2-3 years with Android apps on Chrome OS.

My final point for this blog is the convergence I mentioned earlier.  With Microsoft failing to generate any good traction with Windows 8 (any version) and Windows 9 too far away to even preview or try, Chrome OS will be replacing many users’ desktops and laptops in the coming years.  Factor into the growing rate of Android phones/tablets and Android Wear; you should be getting the picture that this is going to be changing the landscape of the computing industry for a long time to come.  I mentioned on a previous blog that I got my Nexus 7 tablet because I didn’t need Windows.  Well, guess what folks, my need for Windows has gotten even less (from a consumer standpoint).  

Those are just a few key points about Android L and how they will be shaping the internet and computing landscape in the coming months and years.  Think I’m right– wrong… let me know in the comments.

 

=A

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Just one of the dogs

So, by now if you have heard about or seen on the interwebs, Yahoo apparently thinks they are funny.  Quite frankly, if this e-mail comes to be true, they quite literally are the dumbest Web 2.5 company I’ve seen in a while… and yet I’m talking about them.

Well, consider this an open letter to the Yahoo employees.

Dear Yahoos,

It has recently come to my attention that in an apparent gaffe of your CIO writing a letter to you to ditch Outlook (from either your Windows based or Mac based computer… but lets be honest, Yahoo doesn’t use Apple products right?) is somewhat misguided.  In a lame attempt to inject hipster dialogue of Montey Python like quotes while invoking popular pop-culture references to apparently today’s organice dog food, you are basically being viewed as children.  Apparently too stupid, too dumb to figure out how to be productive or rather how to find how you best operate within a corporate structure (which I use loosly for Yahoo).
I’m calling this PR stunt out as it is;  nothing more than a glimpse into the minds of what the board of trustees views as the today’s leaders.  Yahoo whether you like it or not is a company that is not worth working for.  By certain guidelines of any technology based job there are always “best practices” and “guidelines” for doing business, but are you really going to just sit there and accept that the company that pays your mortgage is anything but a steaming pile of dog crap?
I implore you to take your talents elsewhere.  Shop for a better can of dog food if you will.  If the idiots at your company treat you as beta testing, dog food eating, butt sniffing animals that you are… what’s next?  (I mean really…. worse? )
You deserve better and I know you can do better than Yahoo because clearly they think they’re running a dog pound.
PS.  Here is the entire memo quoted from the link in case it goes offline or becomes “unavailable” for whatever reason.

Hello Yahoos,

Earlier this year we asked you to move to Yahoo Mail for your corporate email account. 25% of you made the switch (thank you). But even if we used the most generous of grading curves (say, the one from organic chemistry), we have clearly failed in our goal to move our co-workers to Yahoo Mail.

It’s time for the remaining 75% to make the switch. Beyond the practical benefits of giving feedback to your colleagues on the Mail team, as a company it’s a matter of principle to use the products we make. (BTW, same for Search.)

For some reading this email, you are saying, “Jeff, shut up, you had me at hello.” *hug* Jump over to yo/dogfood, click “Corp Mail/Cal/ Messenger” and you are ready to join our brave new world at yo/corpmail or https://mail.yahoo-inc.com.

For others, you might now be running in your head to a well worn path of justified resistance, phoning up the ol’ gang, circling the hippocampian wagons of amygdalian resistance. Hold on a sec, pilgrim.

First, it doesn’t feel like we are asking you to abandon some glorious place of communications nirvana. At this point in your life, Outlook may be familiar, which we can often confuse with productive or well designed. Certainly, we can admire the application for its survival, an anachronism of the now defunct 90s PC era, a pre-web program written at a time when NT Server terrorized the data center landscape with the confidence of a T-Rex born to yuppie dinosaur parents who fully bought into the illusion of their son’s utter uniqueness because the big-mouthed, tiny-armed monster infant could mimic the gestures of The Itsy-Bitsy Pterodactyl. There was a similar outcry when we moved away from Outlook’s suite-mates in the Microsoft Office dreadnaught. But whether it’s familiarity, laziness or simple stubbornness dressed in a cloak of Ayn Randian Objectivism, the time has come to move on, commrade [sic…go deep in this pun, it is layered].

Using corp mail from the Y Mail web interface is remarkably feature rich. It supports booking conference rooms, folders, calendar, filters and global address book. Plus, you get built-in Messenger, smart conversation threading, powerful keyboard shortcuts, the new quick actions, attachment preview and our beautiful new rich themes. In the rare case you do need Outlook, like adding a delegate for your calendar, you can still fire up Outlook for 30 seconds.

But wait there’s more. By using corporate Mail, you’ll automatically get to dogfood our new features first. I’m especially excited about a new feature premiering in just a few more days: smart auto-suggest, powered by a platform from the still-have-that-new-acquisition-smell Xobni team. We have been testing this feature with select users in and out of the company and the response has been fantastic: “Whoa!”, “Amazing”, “Already in love with it. Woot!” and, my favorite, “So nicely integrated that it appears as if it’s always been there. I already can’t imagine it not being there again.”

Feeling that little tingle? Take a deep breath, you can do this. We want you on board, sailor!

Please note, on the mobile side, corp mail is not yet supported in our Mail app for Android or iOS, but that will change (PB&J!). And, like all dogfood offerings, there is a feedback link in the product. Use it generously so we can make the improvements to make Yahoo Mail the unquestioned inbox champion of the world. I pitty [sic] the fool who resists.

Thanks for your support. It really does matter and we appreciate it.

Jeff Bonforte, SVP Communications Products
Randy Roumillat, CIO

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