One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

Summary: Guess what, folks? Desktops are so 1993, notebooks so last decade, and the only way that millions of consumers are going to use Linux any time soon is through Android.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Android, Google
49

CES 2011

Every year, those of us who follow open source software are tempted to predict that this year will be the year of Linux on the desktop. Ubuntu, for sure, will finally get out of the server room and onto the desktop. Right? Yeah, whatever.

Guess what, folks? Desktops are so 1993, notebooks so last decade, and the only way that millions of consumers are going to use Linux any time soon is through Android. Android is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and is the number one selling smartphone platform in the United States. It isn't far behind elsewhere. More importantly, Verizon iPhone be damned, Android is dominating news coming out of this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

New Android phones are on tap, of course, but the "tablet tsunami" that was supposed to happen in 2010 is finally happening here in 2011. Everyone from Walmart TV supplier extraordinaire, Visio, to Toshiba has Android tablets to announce at CES. John Morris gives a great rundown on what we know so far about the Android tablets we should expect at CES. Long story short? Lots of tablets running on everything from Intel Atom processors to Nvidia chips, most of which should at least be demoed with the tablet-optimized version of Android (aka, Honeycomb).

Google TV, also powered by Android, will see some new devices announced at CES (Visio already announced their Blu-ray player and TVs with Google TV installed), although it looks as though software bugs will delay shipping.

There will be plenty of other announcements at CES from vendors galore. It is, after all, CES, in the first year when the recession isn't quite so fresh in everybody's minds. However, when everyone is waiting for the first real iPad competitor to appear, the devices everyone is watching will be running Android. What else would they be running? Windows?

CES just happens to be kicking off 2011. Android's dominance will be slowed by the introduction of a Verizon iPhone and the second generation iPad will invariably be an awesome device. As has happened with the iPhone, Apple has found that, ultimately, countless phones running across all carriers and with an extraordinary number of choices and options available, make for a very worthy competitor. This isn't going to change as Android proliferates across platforms, either.

While fragmentation will remain an issue, CES is very much a harbinger of things to come in the connected device space. Volume, choice, and agressive pricing will take Android adoption to a new level this year, with more people using Linux than ever before. They won't generally know they're using Linux any more than they know that the average website they're visiting is running on a Linux server somewhere. But use it they shall. Linux advocates can take heart - This is the year of consumer Linux. Just don't tell anyone. Call it the year of Android and only the most diehard Mac fans will take issue with you.

Topics: Android, Google

Christopher Dawson

About Christopher Dawson

Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

49 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Good story Chris

    Android Linux. The best.

    I stake my reputation on it.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate [i]I stake my reputation on it. [/i]

      Still? I mean it's great that you like Linux, but wouldn't we have to care about your reputation in order for that statement to mean anything to us?
      Badgered
      • Well...

        @Badgered

        [i]...but wouldn't we have to care about your reputation in order for that statement to mean anything to us?[/i]

        ...um, you obviously felt compelled enough to reply, didn't you? Maybe you care more than you think?

        Or, perhaps you know DTS is right.
        SonofaSailor
    • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      Linux is not the future... most teens want a macbook these days.
      hfsma
      • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

        @hfsma <br>look at your comment.<br>"these days" does not equal "the future"! Remember the "these days" of MySpace? Also you said most teens want a macbook. LOL, macbooks, laptops and netbooks are sooooo last decade. Didn't you forget we enter a new decade just a couple days ago? Three words that describe the future: Android Enabled Devices (including Android Tablets). I'm not just talking Android phones and tablets, I'm talking everything from running your powermeter to running your entertainment media home center to the lights in your house, dishwasher, refrigerator, to your blender, home security, to your car and on and on and on and new things we can't even begin to imagine!
        jack of daniels
      • Wow.

        @hfsma

        [i]...most teens want a macbook these days.[/i]

        You don't realize it, but your post speaks [i]volumes[/i] towards Apple products and the community that purchases those products.

        Hint: teenage wisdom is the surest way to end up paying the most expensive price for the most lacking product.
        SonofaSailor
      • Two word response: Justin Bieber

        @hfsma - oy, if the future is defined by teen fashion statements. Music (and computing) might as well roll up the tent.
        daboochmeister
    • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate <br><br>We will see Android EVERYWHERE, a great way to start off the decade. It is the decade of all things Android! Android and Open Source FTW!
      jack of daniels
    • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      I too!
      2011 will be the year of Linux!
      Linux Geek
      • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

        @Linux Geek

        Just like 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006... (need I go on) was supposed to be?
        bobiroc
    • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      I beg to differ. This is the breakthrough year of Windows Phone 7! I got my Hotmail emails back yesterday and am ready to take on 2011.
      Admin71
      • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

        @Bookmark71
        LOL
        rossdav
      • Hotmail, you said Hotmail .... duh so so so last decade

        next thing you'll be saying is AOL is forever :-(
        Over and Out
    • two better words for CES: Verizon iPhone

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      otaddy
    • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      Really? Which version are you staking your reputation on?
      tonymcs@...
  • Sorry Chris: Wishing for something doesn't mean it'll come true

    nothing against Android, yet [i]everyone[/i] I know has a smartphone (Android or otherwise) in [b]addition[/b] to a desktop or laptop.

    Sorry, just not buying yet another year of "this is the year of the Android tablet or Google TV". Wake me when people actually start buying them in numbers worth counting, [b]then[/b] I'll be impressed.

    On a good note, at least you're learning the trick of "saying the same thing every year, and statistic show that one day you'll be right" :)
    John Zern
    • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

      @John Zern <br><br>I hope you read my other comment. Even better and everybody can agree on this regardless of what you believe...Just wait and see what happens! Personally I bank my money on Android if I could buy stock options on it right now!
      jack of daniels
      • But he is correct in the sense that

        Google TV will not sell in the numbers to be anything "game changing" as so many have hoped, as there is no real value in it to the majority of the population.

        Also, Android or otherwise, have any tablets really sold to the point that it will be the game changer that many have hoped? They have yet to surpass netbook sales, and they are a minor number at best in the overall metrics of computers and related devices.

        And as Mr. Zern has pointed out, exactly how many people do you know that can operate on a daily basis on a celll phone alone?
        :|
        Tim Cook
      • Thanks, Spock, you understand

        @jack of daniels I stand by my statement.
        Right now, today, for the forseable future, I see all the self proclaimed Android usres/supporters saying the same thing: "though not quite the iPad, this android tablet is the ticket!", only to hear teh same thing about another Android tablet.

        And many of them still own and use the iPad.

        Google TV? will they sell a million? 2 million? 3 million? There are over 70 million cable subscribers in the US (2009).

        All I'm saying is that I keep hearing the words, but I'm still waiting to see it come true, thats all.
        John Zern
  • RE: One word for CES (and 2011, for that matter): Android

    Lets not forget that Rim is releasing the Blackberry Playbook this year (2011). I think before we start proclaiming Android as the "Shizzle of the Yizzle" lets see what RIM does. My chips are on RIM.
    ChristianL2010