In terms of cellular expertise, tendencies imply a lot greater than any single occasion.
That is a notion we see bolstered time and time once more right here within the land o’ Android — and that is why a lot of our focus on this little nook of the internub is on the bigger-picture view of what is going on on with Google. By taking a look at these broader tendencies, we will get a way of how the corporate’s methods are shifting and what these adjustments recommend about the way forward for Android and different cellular tech efforts.
We had no scarcity of such issues to think about in 2018 — and a number of the tendencies we have noticed over these previous 12 months will virtually actually inform the patterns we’ll see over the course of the approaching yr.
So take a couple of minutes now, on this uncommon start-of-year quiet, to revisit these necessary bits of study. They will provide you with useful context about the place Android and Google typically are going and what broad themes are certain to dominate the dialogue in 2019.
Let’s mull, lets?
On ecosystems and Google’s grander ambitions
Welcome to the post-OS period
It is the digital assistant’s world now. The working system is simply residing in it. This development actually took off over the course of 2018, and it is one thing that is virtually assured to information Google’s efforts in 2019 as nicely.
On a semi-related observe: With Microsoft poised to carry Android app entry to Home windows units, the attain of Google’s ecosystem is about to achieve some wild new ranges.
Fuchsia and the way forward for Android
Google’s mysterious new working system is assumed to be a alternative for Android and Chrome OS — however what if the scenario is not really so easy?
The newest Pixel launch makes one factor clear: Google’s technique for competing with different smartphone producers is to play a very completely different sport. And all indicators recommend that sport is simply getting began.
On upgrades and the evolving state of Android
Android and the shifting simplicity spectrum
Google’s method to Android has slowly however certainly been shifting over time — and an equal however reverse pressure has been pushing again on the similar time. So what’s subsequent?
Will Android Pie result in quicker upgrades? three phrases to recollect
One among 2018’s most outstanding narratives was how Android Pie would mark the top of gradual working system upgrades. As we’re already beginning to see play out proper now, although, that saga has extra layers than most informal observers appear to appreciate.
On Google’s coming challenges
Google is usually its personal worst enemy
From Google Now to its notification-centric smartwatch imaginative and prescient, it is astonishing how keen Google is to ditch nice concepts as a substitute of nurturing them to maturity. And 2018 was one of many harshest reminders of that actuality.
European regulators are fining Google $5 billion and demanding adjustments to the way in which it manages Android — however their evaluation would not totally add up. Some necessary logic surrounding a narrative we’re certain to see develop additional within the coming months.
On broader smartphone tendencies
5 causes to stay skeptical about 5G in 2019
Do not buy into the hype: The 5G revolution is not prepared but. Listed below are 5 massive causes to take the whole lot you are about to listen to with a wholesome grain of salt.
Prepare for the following foolish smartphone superlative
From megapixels to pixel density and millimeters to bezels, telephone makers have a historical past of specializing in superficial metrics to get your consideration. And this subsequent one is very foolish.
Bonus: A fond farewell to some expensive outdated buddies
The top of an period for Google
This previous yr, we bid adieu to a pair of legendary Google gadget traces that performed pivotal roles in shaping Android, Chrome OS, and the corporate’s general trajectory. As we are saying so lengthy to 2018, allow us to take a second to honor and keep in mind these path-paving pioneers.
Relaxation assured: The areas outlined above are all themes we’ll be speaking about way more within the months forward. So mull away, then shut down that stunning mind of yours and revel in just a little extra well-deserved R&R (purple wine and rice pudding, clearly). We’ll decide up right here quickly, and this primer could have your noggin within the excellent place for the following part of our ever-progressing dialogue.
A really comfortable New Yr to you, my advantageous and fetching good friend. 2019, right here we come!
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