News Analysis: Android might be doing well right now, but there are some serious issues that could hold the mobile operating system back. Among the customers' concerns will be security, privacy and an enterprise focus for Android.
Google's Android platform couldn't be doing any better right
now. Thanks to the Droid X, the software is entering more homes than ever. As
stories keep coming out about the smartphone being sold out for the next week
or so, consumers are starting to realize that if they want an iPhone
alternative, opting for Google's
mobile operating system might just be the best way to go
But with success comes responsibility. The days of trying to
get close to Apple in the mobile marketplace are over. Google now needs to
evaluate the market, make the right moves and continue its growth. It can only
do that by providing a solution to vendors and consumers that makes good on the
company's promise of doing good instead of evil.
But there are some significant roadblocks that are currently,
or soon will be, erected that could hamper Android's ability to grow. Here
are the issues that could stand in the way of Android's growth.
has become a hot-button issue for Android users
. Recently, an Android
application was found to be collecting private information from "millions
of users," which it then sent to a Website in China.
The issue underscores a previous report a couple months ago that said Android
apps could be harmful to users because of the access Google allows them to have
to the OS. For its part, Google said that its mobile operating system is safe
and users need not worry. But if security problems persist, they will worry.
And that could significantly hamper the company's ability to attract
Apple could be a major issue for Google going forward. Although
Android OS is gaining market share and devices like the Droid X continue to
sell well, Apple has tied its future to the mobile market. The last thing it
wants to do is allow Google to carve out a significant portion of that market
and put its own operation in danger. Look for Apple to directly target Google
and do everything it can to steal Android customers. When that happens, Google
will need to respond with a lasting attack or trouble will ensue.
3. The Droid X and what else?
The Motorola Droid X is undoubtedly a wildly popular
smartphone that has helped put Android OS on the map. But where does Google and
its vendor partners go from here? The Droid X is arguably the first and only
Android-based smartphone to get the kind of attention that Apple has enjoyed
with each new version of its iPhone. With more Android devices coming out soon,
Google will need to keep that momentum going. If those products fail to capture
the attention of consumers, all the hype that it has received from the Droid X
will be gone. In turn, Android OS will go back to being the other operating
system in the mobile space.
4. Will Flash win the day?
is betting big on Adobe's Flash
. When Android 2.2 comes to every Android
smartphone, users will finally have the ability to watch any online video and
play any online game from the mobile Chrome browser. But if that backfires and
security problems erupt, mobile Chrome crashes often or another issue arises,
Google will have egg on its face. And Apple, the company that has denied access
to Flash on its mobile platform, will capitalize. Flash better be a winner for