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Future Direction of the Android Platform

Official communications about Android direction as releases are provided infrequently.

This leads to speculation and rumor about what is in the release.

We separate the facts from the speculation.

This research evaluates the anticipated future direction of the Android platform (i.e., Android Operating System (“OS”) and hardware devices).
The report examines the latest innovations/enhancements coming with the Android OS and hardware platforms.

Target Audience:

  • Mobile network operators
  • Google and their competitors
  • Handset and mobile device manufacturers
  • Mobile application stores and application developers


General Methodology

Mind Commerce Publishing's research methodology encompasses input from a wide variety of sources.

We rely heavily upon our Subject Matter Experts (SME) in terms of their market knowledge, unique perspective, and vision. We utilize SME industry contacts as well as previous customers and participants in our market surveys and interactive interviews.

In addition, we rely upon our extensive internal database, which contains modeling, qualitative analysis, and quantitative data. We review secondary sources and compare to our primary sources to update previous findings (for prior version reports) and/or compile baseline information for technology and market modeling.

We share preliminary models with industry contacts (select previous clients, experts, and thought leaders) to verify the veracity of initial modeling. Prior to final report production (analysis, findings, and conclusions), we engage in an internal review with internal SMEs as well as cross-expertise, senior staff members to challenge results.

We believe that forecasts should be prepared as part of an integrated process which involves both quantitative as well as qualitative factors. We follow the following 3-step process for forecasting.

Forecasting Methodology

Step 1 - Forecasts Input: The inputs for the present and historical revenues are derived from industry players. Financial and other quantitative data for individual sub-market categories are derived from original research and tested with interviews with major industry constituents.

Step 2 - Forecasting of Future Years: Mind Commerce extends forecasts based on a variety of factors including demand drivers as well as supply side data. Key success factors and assumptions are considered.

Step 3 - Validation of Data: The final step is to validate projections, which is accomplished in consultation with both internal and external industry experts, including both topic and regional experts. Adjustments are made to the forecasts based on factors identified throughout this process.


OVERVIEW
ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM RELEASES
ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM DIRECTION
ANDROID HARDWARE PLATFORMS
ANDROID HARDWARE PLATFORM DIRECTION
SUMMARY
V1.0
V1.1
V1.5 CUPCAKE
V1.6 DONUT
V2.0/2.1 ECLAIR
v2.0
v2.0.1
v2.1
V2.2.X FROYO
v2.2
v2.2.1
v2.2.2
v2.2.3
V2.3.X GINGERBREAD
v2.3
v2.3.3
v2.3.4
v2.3.5
v2.3.6
v2.3.7
V3.X HONEYCOMB
v3.0
v3.1
v3.2
v3.2.1
v3.2.2
V4.X ICE CREAM SANDWICH
v4.0.1
v4.0.2
v4.0.3
v4.0.4

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