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Android IS the new Windows
As we transition from the era of the PC into the post-PC era, Google's Android platform has, through a combination of luck and hard work, found itself the dominant operating system on mobile devices, and as such is in a great position to control the direction that smartphones and tablets take over the coming years.
This is not to say that there aren't challenges, the largest of which is getting upgrades to existing users, but I have no doubt that Google is working hard behind the scenes with handset makers and carriers to solve this.
In terms of sales and a grip on the future direction of the mobile market, Android IS the new Windows.
Android is NOT the new Windows
Still, it isn't a stretch to see Android dominating in the enterprise as tablets and other mobile devices, along with greater acceptance of BYOD, become more commonplace. However, to become a truly ubiquitous computing platform, Android needs to have the cache of Apple, the enterprise tools of Windows, and outstanding brand and market differentiation.
Windows became THE platform of the PC era because of good timing, a solid ecosystem, good marketing, and a lack of competition. Android can become THE platform of the post-PC era only through high-value, incredibly innovative products. It's started down that road, but the outcome is anything but a done deal.
Android is not there yet
The growth and spread of Android is truly impressive, and we have to expect that the current sales of all these Android devices will attract more users, businesses, and third-party partners to the platform. However, Android still has some important obstacles to overcome. First and foremost, it's not the mobile platform of choice for developers. It has to win them over to be the top platform, though as Chris notes, the fact that Android allows deeper access to the system than iOS could eventually help its cause. Second, business aren't very keen on Android. They still prefer iOS and even BlackBerry to Android, for security and manageability reasons. Android must win them over as well. Android will also need to make a stronger play in tablets and computers. It's making some baby steps in tablets with the Nexus 7 and a merger with ChromeOS looks inevitable on the computer side. However, Android needs to make more progress on these platforms where people spend more time doing work. So, Android could become the next Windows, but it's certainly not there yet. It's also possible that there will not be a single dominant platform in the post-PC era and that there will inevitably be several healthy, thriving ecosystems.