Googles Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops that is, its the dominant player in terms of raw market share.
Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the boat on the smartphone revolution but it may have come up with an ingenious way to undermine Googles control over Android.
“We’re attempting to take Android away from Google,” Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster last week. “We’re making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don’t get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android.”
Cyanogen is working on a way to make Android a competitive platform without Google’s input. We’re sure to see plenty more in the coming years now that Microsoft is helping out.
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