We are living in an era of Technology and its Advancements. Use of Technology can be seen anywhere. From Homes to Offices, Schools to Universities, even in the gadgets technology is advance at its full extent. Mostly everyone uses smartphones. Students for Social Networking and Surfing through web, Elders for their Work and Olders for interacting with their family living abroad. This use is not limited to what I mentioned age accordingly above. But the one thing to notice is without smartphones I guess life has no meaning these days. It has become the biggest asset of our life.
Now when it comes to smartphones then there is no single brand or type available in the market. Smartphone comes with many features and designs but more importantly their OS (Operating System) tells about what the phone is capable of. The most used and trusted Operating Systems of this time are iOS (Apple), Android (Multi Brands) and Symbian (Nokia). Android is the most popular out of them all because of lower prices in comparison to iOS.
A new revolution is about to begin. Revolution in the World of Smartphone OS. Let’s break the suspense by moving to the next part of this article 😀
What is Android Silver?
Android Silver is a bit like a more advanced Nexus programme, but instead of working with one manufacturer and one device, Google will work with multiple firms on multiple devices. Google supposedly wants to help manufacturers to deliver a premium Android experience, so participating firms will get help from Google with their development and marketing costs, and their devices will get preferential treatment when it comes to software updates. There will be Android Silver kiosks in shops and an Amazon-style video support service for Silver users, but the existing Nexus programme will be stopped.
Is that really good for me?
It should mean a wider choice of high-end Android devices at reasonable prices, and those devices will be free from the bloat-ware, unwanted apps and over-the-top customisation that plagues some firms’ handsets. The devices must “closely adhere to Google specifications” and will “sharply limit the number of Non-Google apps that can be pre-installed on devices” or ensure that phone owners will be able to uninstall them. It also means that you’ll be able to buy handsets without wondering if you’re getting the most up to date version of Android or whether the firm will bother supplying Android updates after a few months.
What’s the advantage for the manufacturers?
Simply “Money” – as much as $1 billion of it. Andorid Silver should help the smaller players compete with the 500lb gorilla of Android: Samsung. Companies that don’t have Samsung’s massive R&D and marketing budgets will be able to benefit from Google’s deep pockets. The downside, however, is that by becoming part of the Silver programme the manufacturers may find it harder to differentiate their products from one another: if the rumours are correct and Google is specifying the hardware as well as the software (as it does with its own Nexus devices) there won’t be much the manufacturers can do to make their devices different from their rivals.
Which Companies are taking part?
LG and Motorola have been named as the most likely candidates for initial devices. Others are expected to follow.
When is it [REVOLUTION] going to happen?
To be honest “We don’t know”. The leaks are based around documents from the tail end of last year and the rumours of a new Nexus 10 tablet at this summer’s Google I/O suggest that if the Nexus programme is being replaced, it isn’t happening imminently. Google is already cracking down on the way Android is presented, though: both the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 boot screens feature the words “Powered by Android”.
Why is Google doing this?
Short and Simple answer is “Control”. By limiting what manufacturers do with Android, Google can ensure consistency and quality across devices – something that isn’t always the case at the moment. By working more closely with manufacturers, Google can ensure that Android Silver customers get the best possible Android experience as they never felt before. I guess to answer the above question, this reason is sensible enough, but there’s another theory doing the rounds: Silver is Anti-Samsung insurance. Google gives away Android because it wants users’ data and Samsung’s dominance is a threat to that: Samsung’s plans to eventually drop Android are well documented, and if it forks or drops Android that will leave an enormous hole in Google’s data gathering.
By putting the Android brand at the centre of multiple firms marketing and helping those firms better compete with Samsung, Silver could be an attempt to minimise the damage Samsung could do. If Silver is successful, it might just persuade Samsung to stick with Android for longer.