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December 02, 2009

Smart Devices: Android and App-driven data convergence

Moto is an 18-year old product innovation company whose consumer electronics products have won many awards, for clients including Apple, Microsoft, Virgin and Sirius. They are using Google's free Android OS to enable cloud-connected household devices to communicate with each other and remote service providers.

While this vision has been around for many years, the economics have never been better. iPhone has proven the value of specialized apps. With Google's - free to device manufacturers - cloud platform, apps can share data among the web, mobile phones and other devices (e.g. networked cameras, healthcare instruments, home printers with touch-screen panels, industrial sensors).

Until recently, most Android devices have been tiny netbooks or mobile phones. The new Barnes & Noble ebook reader Nook is based on Android with the potential to run future apps. Google will be launching an ebook online store, to which it should be easy to connect the new Android-powered ebook devices. More devices may launch in Jan 2010 at CES in Vegas.

* Moto video FAQ clips on Android development
* Android beyond the phone: Nook-like prototype in Q1 2009
* Moto Labs blog
* Moto product portfolio

Apple's software marriage of the cloud-resident iTunes Store and device-resident iPod+iPhone UI continues to defend a substantial price premium over competing solutions. As consumers interact with an ever-expanding array of connected devices, which vendor "apps" will deliver an Apple-quality user experience that follows their customer across all devices? Most of the platform infrastructure is now royalty-free.

Posted by dotpeople at December 2, 2009 11:26 PM