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  1.    01 Sep 2016 #1
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    Could the future of Android be Windows?


    The many failings of Google's operating system have already been fixed in Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile ecosystem. Could Redmond possibly have the upper hand after all in future mobile wars?

    My colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes recently postulated that Android may be coming to an end sometime in the next few years. He makes many valid points. On consideration, I realized how Windows (yes, Windows) has already solved most of the problems Adrian detailed in his article.

    We all know that the last thing Google will do is turn to Microsoft for a solution. We also know how dead in the water Microsoft's phone operating system has pretty much become. Even so, it makes for an interesting intellectual exercise to look at how Windows 10 Mobile already solves the problems Adrian predicts for Android in the future.

    A good look at this issue shows why Microsoft is so frustrated that uptake for Windows 10 Mobile has been so underwhelming -- because, as I'll show, it's already pretty close to the unannounced, and barely teased, future that Google seems to be chasing...


    Read more: Could the future of Android be Windows? | ZDNet
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  2.    01 Sep 2016 #2

    That article is a load of bunk... Android has to cater for the fastest evolving, most competitive tech. industry ... obviously there will be a lag in adoption due to diversity - I doubt very much Windows phone can take advantage of that "problem" - cross-development would be in MS better interests....as with Office.
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  3.    01 Sep 2016 #3
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    it is a big Mistake to compare a Phone with a Powerful Working Station with Professional Tools. Google has no Market on Business Market, they have "just for fun" things. I think the "Store" main Idea is a big business, 1 Million people buying 1$ and MS get 50% of it is real inviting, but they are opening the Door to their Special Market to Google. May be Google will come up with a WIN32 compatible Platform and MS is just Dead!
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  4.    01 Sep 2016 #4
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    One way to get more "Mobile" devices out there would be to port it to run on the raspberry Pi. Then let those enthusiasts have at it. App development could pick up too. Pi's are already running ARM processors.
    Getting back on topic, I agree, that's just bunk. Apples and oranges.
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  5.    01 Sep 2016 #5
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    From article:
    ... Even worse, according to a report by Apteligent [PDF], it can take Samsung more than five months to release a security update. Then it has to pass through the hands of each carrier to eventually reach users. That's for Samsung, the vendor that ships the most Android devices. It's far worse for users who buy from other Android device vendors, with the exception of Google's own house-controlled Nexus line.
    ... For example, last month a flaw was reported that makes 1.4 billion users vulnerable to attack. Apparently, a bug was introduced into Linux kernel 3.6, which was then adopted into Android KitKat. As I mentioned above, the single most common version of Android in use today is KitKat.

    Because vendors have largely abandoned older Android versions, you can pretty safely bet that none of those devices, along with many running Lollipop or even Marshmallow, will ever get an update. So we're going to have users running around with old devices for years with gaping holes in their device security.

    Remember in 2013 when Google security researchers said that companies should fix critical vulnerabilities within 60 days, but they believed security researchers should only to give companies 7 days to fix actively exploited critical vulnerabilities before going full public disclosure? Their reasoning was "The reason for this special designation is that each day an actively exploited vulnerability remains undisclosed to the public and unpatched, more computers will be compromised."

    I often wonder whether their internal policies are as supportive of the same policy when it comes to Android devices? Or do they still support the disclosure policy, but just ignore the fact that a large percentage of Android end users will just never get those vulnerabilities patched and therefore remain open to those exploits?
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  6.    01 Sep 2016 #6

    God I sincerely hope not. Although you can't really compare the two, Android is far superior for what it does and is a good performer. I would not want to see Windows on my phone, leave it on the desktop where it belongs.

    That article is so biased.
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  7.    02 Sep 2016 #7

    Quote Originally Posted by Adalwar View Post
    it is a big Mistake to compare a Phone with a Powerful Working Station with Professional Tools. Google has no Market on Business Market, they have "just for fun" things. I think the "Store" main Idea is a big business, 1 Million people buying 1$ and MS get 50% of it is real inviting, but they are opening the Door to their Special Market to Google. May be Google will come up with a WIN32 compatible Platform and MS is just Dead!
    Well Google purchased Android along time ago and their intentions wasn't for phones. If Google wanted to come up with a WIN32 compatible platform they would have already done it.
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  8.    03 Sep 2016 #8
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    I believe that at the end Windows will be not good for Phones, neither good for Desktops, crap for both. That is what will happen.
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  9.    03 Sep 2016 #9
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    I doubt android will go with Microsoft. Android moves to fast to stay on top
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  10.    07 Sep 2016 #10
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    Actually Samsung thought of this awhile back last year...whether its the mobile or native 32-Bit OS, it's probably a lot closer than you think. Also, google does not own any android phone besides the nexus, it's up to the manufacturers what OS they are putting on it, but the mobile market is so stale now (we're on 7th generation of phones) there's nothing new, look at the lack of the iPhone 7 hype. You know how you have the choice to use whatever OS you want on your computer (besides Apple)? Why not have the choice to put whatever OS you want on your phone?

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