Here's a summary of what I think about Google's Android announcements Short and sweet.
Google is doing a lot of things right in creating an ecosystem that can sustain the Android realm.
- Music locker, though without labels' blessings
- Android OS will no longer have a forked roadmap but will come together much like Apple's iOS
- Though Google claims Android to be "open", it's not. That's good. As a consumer, we want Google to take charge and buy devices that play by Google's rules. It's the only way we know our Android devices will work properly.
- Google TV getting apps.
- New USB support for peripherals. We can be looking at an Android console soon.
Here are a couple of things that Google did not do right by Android.
- Nothing on the privacy front. Seriously, all those viruses lurking around and privacy violations
- Came up with an update scheme that doesn't work. It's a smoke screen to make Android appear "open". Announces two-year guarantee upgrade. But subject to the device being upgradable.
- Android still not as easy to use as the iPhone. UI seems bland on the smartphone still.
- Nothing on fragmentation and this will turn off developers. Nor anything in piracy either.