Hardware Innovations affecting Mobile Software Trends

Android apps are still fairly new on the block, but their popularity is expected to grow rapidly with Android’s continuously growing market share.  According to IDC’s new “Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker”, global smartphone market of 2014 could see Android in second place with a 25 percent share, followed by powerhouses like BlackBerry, Apple, and Windows Mobile.

Among other factors, these trend shifts in mobile operating systems popularity are influenced by hardware developments, with the greatest impact comping from the development of new processors, led by Intel, with AMD and a number of more anonymous companies trailing far behind.  We can see similar changes happening in the non-mobile sector.  As new processor technology is being introduced ,we can see Intel Windows 7 migration is happening more and more.  Many small business can now afford to purchase computers with fairly high-end processors, capable of running Windows 7 and various office software, as their prices have dropped very quickly with the introduction of even newer processors (followed by aggressive marketing campaigns.)

Again, this phenomenon has its equivalent in the world of smart phones and mobile devices, as new hardware is being developed which is fairly cheap, while still being capable of supporting Android very competently.

The Samsung Epic 4G, the Nexus S, HTC’s EVO 4G, and the Motorola DROID PRO are just a few examples of phone which manage to keep hardware prices down while running the latest version of Android, compatible with most Androids apps.  As most of the major mobile phone manufactures are quite openly battling Apple’s iPhone domination, we should expect to see more and more new Android devices, offering high end performance at competitive prices (the competition being you-know-who.)