Dell goes Android…Another Mobile Setback for Microsoft?
Author: Eric Everson
The king of the computer-based Operating System market has struggled to acquire the same level of success and scalability within the wireless industry. For years Windows Mobile has taken a back seat to other Mobile Operating Systems (MOPS) and most recently the introduction of Google’s Android marks a serious threat to Microsoft’s future in this segment.
Windows Mobile admittedly is not a bad environment, but at the edge of innovation, Android likewise ups the ante. One of the key attractions to Andriod from a developer’s perspective is that accessibility and control granted via the Android SDK. While some content can be developed in Microsoft’s free Windows Mobile SDK, there is much more creative control via the Android SDK.
For mobile users greater SDK flexibility translates to a greater variety of available third party content, something that the iPhone has brought to a whole new level. As Dell is tapping deeper into the mobile industry they’ve recently announced that they’ll be bringing an Android-based handset to market next year. While many loyal Dell users are anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Dell phone to complement their technology suite, this news creates a serious ripple in the mobile waters for Microsoft. The issues between Dell and Microsoft have seemed escalated since the disastrous debut of Vista, so it’s not a huge surprise that Dell is looking for a new avenue to embrace their mobile debut.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Microsoft needs to seriously start pulling in some fresh blood or this is sure to be another nail in its wireless coffin. Google is taking aim!
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Eric Everson – The MobileTech
Eric Everson is a leading mobile technologies researcher and is the founder of MyMobiSafe.com. If you would like to contact Eric Everson for interview or with research related inquiries contact him directly at EricEverson@Hotmail.com.