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Android Android every where – Operating systems for the X Internet of Things

One of the most significant product and platform wars we’ll see is the race for the ‘operating system’ of the Internet of Things.

I.e. All these connected devices, the smart fridge that re-orders your groceries et al, need software running there to make this analysis, and that software needs to run on an operating system in the same way it does currently on your laptop or smart phone.

With device technology, like fridges and cars, the challenges are typically how do you deliver and maintain small amounts of software into more difficult physical environments. In contrast to user computing, which is large and complex software but the delivery is much easier, users do it for them.

This is why although HTML 5 is the more technically elegant way to distribute services to smartphones, developers ultimately code natively, via Android for example, because the best software adapts and exploits the device it runs on.

So as per the title of this article one of the first and obvious contenders to highlight is Android. Google owns Search, we all use Chrome now, their IaaS is spinning up, …etc., it’s practically become the ‘Googlenet’ no longer the Internet, so Android running universally seems a likely outcome too.

This is a good primer from BusinessWeek on this scenario.

However with the Jedi now become the evil empire they swore not to become, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other options and interesting aspects to what is possible.

For example there is Microsoft Embedded and Cisco will want the corporate and telco sector via their IOx. These are fellow 800 lb gorillas and no fat lady is singing yet.

There is also the potential for Canada to reignite their tech sector through the market realizing how valuable Blackberry’s core actual asset is: A smartphone OS for the Internet of Things, and therefore how smart a move this is.

The X Internet of Things

For some background to these trends here is an interesting side story and good recommended reading.

The IoT concept isn’t new – The ‘Internet Fridge’ is how we sold the trend the first time around during the dot com boom.

However since then there have also been more specific definitions and predictions – For example an earlier description was the ‘X Internet’, referring to the Executable Internet, reflecting this point about operating systems everywhere.

As Forrester write here they actually did do what they say, they called this trend back in 2001.

Others working around the same idea included Motorola, this white paper is a good Internet of Things primer: The X Internet: Connecting the physical world with the Cyber world.

Another is Carl Sassenrath, inventor of the Amiga operating system.

Carl has been working on a technology called Rebol, an application development language and toolset also intended for this new age, enabling developers to create ‘Reblets’ – Small apps that can run across many devices and are ‘network-centric’.

He has now open sourced the software and they are in process of porting it to Android, so you can see this exciting race in progress as we speak.

Exciting times for tech entrepreneurs for sure. Get your Thing On!

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