Android Isn’t Going Anywhere
There’s been a buzz going around this week that Android is dead. Well dying actually, but everyone is claiming that Android’s reign is coming to an end and Google is moving forward. If we take a few moments to look at the bigger picture then we’ll see Android has a long way to go before it’s no more. The most popular operating system in the world is here to stay for a long time.
The rumors pertain to the Made by Google 2018 keynote that just took place in New York City. During this keynote the word “Android” was not said, and many have taken this as a subtle sign that Google is looking to replace the brand. This coupled with the fact that “Android Messages” was recently renamed to “Messages” on the Play Store, and bloggers everywhere ate it up.
Many believe that Chrome OS is set to take over Android’s claim as king since that was front and center at the keynote. Google told a whole story about Chrome OS’s history and why it belongs on tablets. They also marketed it as a great alternative for your desktop instead of Windows and macOS.
Do the rumors stand?
While it may be true that we didn’t hear the word “Android” explicitly said, let’s not forget that there is still Android related tech coming out. Android Auto is rolling out to a ton of new cars this year, Android Pie was released at the start of this fall, and Google just adopted Kotlin as a new official Android programming language.
Along with all these new developments we have the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL that have just come out running Android Pie. Sure they would have to run it since that’s the newest version to come out and it’s Google’s flagship phone. But let’s remember that that’s the newest version to come out and it’s Google’s flagship phone. People are discussing the death of Android less than a week after a new huge phone dropped running that same software.
Sure there are things in the works to improve the user’s experience like Fuschia, but that doesn’t mean that Android is on its way out. The fact of the matter is Android is going nowhere. An operating system that covers 75% of smartphones worldwide is too nested into Google’s overarching architecture to instantly remove, and there are too many new Android advancements coming out to argue that Google wants to remove it.
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