Android Enters the PC World

by Matt Klassen on July 8, 2013

Its looks like Android is done encroaching on PC territory, it’ll just take what’s left of traditional Windows country for itself, as the world’s most popular mobile operating system is looking to become the world’s most popular operating system…period. Early last month Acer shocked the computing world by releasing the first Android PC prototype, a move that was mirrored this week by fellow Android member HP, as both companies hope the little droid can breathe some new life into their stagnating market.

The respective entries from Acer and HP mark the first in what will be a long line of Android-powered desktop computers, as companies look for any edge in the shrinking PC market, and serve as evidence that the once sharply demarcated line between the mobile and PC worlds has blurred significantly.

But while Android pundits have hailed this news as the end of the traditional computing market altogether–some even quick to offer a farewell to the dying traditional laptop and desktop— the mobile operating system may be in over its head in the PC market, one where things like security, for instance, really matter.

There’s no question that the Linux world in general, and the Android world more specifically, is abuzz with news that Android will change how we think of computing. Just imagine, they say, of a world where you can start playing a game on your phone and continue it seamlessly on your PC when you get home, its platform synchronization like we’ve never seen it before.

But what the world has yet to see is if Android can do the heavy lifting currently required by the PC market, for even as the modern computing market shrinks, there still exists a specific role for powerful desktop machines. Sure its great to seamlessly transition between your mobile device and your PC, but if all you’re playing is Angry Birds, you’ll have to forgive me if I’m not blown away.

Further, while Android has dominated the global smartphone market, the little green droid has done decidedly worse in the tablet market, and that’s the market, one would think, that would offer the best litmus test for future success in the PC world.

Finally, the one thing that stands out as the biggest stumbling block for Android is its chief competitor, Windows…or specifically, Windows programs. Everyone has something they use their computing platform for primarily, their ‘must have’ program(s). The problem for Android, at least in these early stages, is that all those ‘must have’ programs are Windows programs, the Linux Achilles Heal.

That said, the one thing Android has going for it is familiarity, meaning it will likely dominate the low cost PC market, driving most laptops and other smaller computing units out of business as that consumer segment looks for the simplicity and familiarity of one platform operating on all devices.

In the end, it was never a question of ‘if’ Android was going to bridge the PC gap, it was always a question of ‘when,’ but now that Android has officially entered the computing world the reality seems to be, if Android is going to survive, its going to have to change how we think about our PC entirely, otherwise its got no chance.

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Written by: Matt Klassen. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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