December 22, 2014

Andy Rubin Talks Future of Mobile

Andy Rubin stopped by the Official Google Blog the other day to discuss the future of mobile.  Where will it be and how will it help us?  It’s a great read – short and very optimistic!  What kind of things does Andy see for us in the next few years?

Be it everyday things like traffic, sports or weather or more specific things like where to go for the best prices on fish, Andy sees the future.  I’d love to spend a half hour with the guy and just pick his brain.  What has he already seen and just what does he have in store for the mobile world?  It’s obvious that the guy has “big picture” in mind when it comes to everything he does.  I’m not the first person who has to think he belongs on the same list as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Your phone will open up, as the Internet already has, so it will be easy for developers to create or improve applications and content. The ones that you care about get automatically installed on your phone. Let’s say you have a piece of software on your phone to improve power management (and therefore battery life). Let’s say a developer makes an improvement to the software. The update gets automatically installed on your phone, without you lifting a finger. Your phone actually gets better over time. – Andy Rubin on future proofing phones.



  • TareX

    Will there be a patch to increase the embarrassingly low HVGA screen? Or add a front cam for long distance video calls?
    Seriously, I’ve never thought of the Android software as a potential weakness in the project. It’s the mediocre hardware specs that could just bring an otherwise good phone to an end.

    Anyway, that was a good read… I hope his vision becomes true…

    Also, I’m still looking forward to a hardware surprise tomorrow…

  • http://commonsware.com/Android/ Mark Murphy

    “Will there be a patch to increase the embarrassingly low HVGA screen?”

    It is the same size screen as the iPhone. It is bigger than the Samsung Instinct, the LG Voyager and Venus, the HTC Touch and Touch Cruise, etc.

    In fact, there appear to be few phones with bigger touchscreens. The HTC Touch Diamond and the Nokia 7700 series are the only ones showing up.

    Hence, while you may be embarrassed by a normal sized touchscreen, I am not convinced others will be.

  • chris

    Nice troll Tarex. If you don’t like the G1, I’m sure a different handset will eventually meet your standards.

  • TareX

    Thanks for the troll label. Are you a Republican? They seem to be fond of labeling as opposed to debating.

    Mark, yes the iPhone has a HVGA screen. But what was the iPhone’s competition back when it was introduced 18 months ago as Apple’s flagship device? It smashed the competition in both software and hardware.

    Right now, as an Android enthusiast, I guess I would have wanted the FLAGSHIP DEVICE to smash the competition as well. Other than the iPhone, it seems that every non-flagship device these days is getting a hi-res screen.

    Forget about the screen. What about the front cam? Sorry but even the super thin HTC HD was able to include that in the package, with all the functionality that came along. My family lives overseas and I can’t think of a reason why the G1 doesn’t have what many really old and low-end phones already have.

    PS – A modder (Sameer) was able to write a S60 program that enables gesture control by waving the hand in front of the front camera on Nokia phones. Imagine the possibilities with an open OS like Android.

    Sorry but the G1 -so far- is not speced well enough (I’m not saying “high enough”) to be the flagship device.

  • TareX

    There it is:
    http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/09/12/samir-back-in-action-with-handwave-gesture-based-controls-for-s60/

    Gesture control was supposed to be a WM7 feature. Imagine what a developer in his basement would have done with Android, provided that the hardware was speced well enough.

  • TareX

    I mean imagine waving your hand to flip between all 3 Desktops…. to scroll a page, to flip images….etc.

    However good a software is, it will only make half a phone.

  • TareX

    And by the way, Mark, I guess it’s clear I wasn’t talking about the “size” of the screen, but the “resolution”. Huge difference, I’m sure you know.

  • http://commonsware.com/Android/ Mark Murphy

    @TareX:

    You’re the one describing G1 as the “flagship device”. I’m not sure too many others are. Certainly, I’m not, and I don’t recommend anyone else think that way either.

    It is the first device, the first of what will likely be many devices. It needs to hold its own against iPhone (which is what the mainstream media is going to consider its competition), not necessarily blow it out of the water. On your two points, G1 matches iPhone. That will not be enough for some folk (such as perhaps yourself), but it is just fine for others (such as myself).

    Would it be nice if G1 trumped iPhone on those two specs? Sure. Is it “embarrassing” that it doesn’t? Heck, no.

    Remember: Android is a platform, not a solitary device.

    To draw a poor US baseball analogy, you want Barry Bonds (hope for home run, pray for no strikeout), but Android is Ichiro (lots and lots and lots of singles, of which the G1 is merely the first at-bat).

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