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  1. Free-Spirit's Avatar
    Windows has survived for more than 30 years but the path has not been an easy one. Do you think that Android can last that long?
    Last edited by Free-Spirit; 03-15-2018 at 10:10 AM.
    03-07-2018 10:50 PM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    Of course it will. It might look different but the concept is there.
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    03-08-2018 07:30 AM
  3. tgp's Avatar
    The obvious answer is that we don't know.

    At this point I don't believe we have any reason to think it won't be around in 5 years. But, 5 years ago we thought that about Windows Phone, WebOS, and BBOS.

    However, Android has survived all of the above, as well as holding its own against iOS. It is currently the leading OS by sheer numbers. I think it is in a good position. But the tech world does not stand still.

    Who knows?
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    03-08-2018 07:46 AM
  4. Free-Spirit's Avatar
    Especially with things like VR, AR, AI, things will not be that easy. Even a brand new OS can come up and shake the 3 older daddies. It's very much possible.
    03-08-2018 01:03 PM
  5. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Android is the world's most used OS, Windows may be older but unless Micrsoft gets it's head out of it's *** they won't be relevant in another 10 years.
    Jcmg62 likes this.
    03-08-2018 04:26 PM
  6. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I think it will. Not everyone wants to buy an Apple phone.
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    03-08-2018 04:32 PM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I think it will, since so many people are invested in Google apps, for both desktop and mobile.
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    03-08-2018 07:18 PM
  8. TgeekB's Avatar
    Unless they pull a BlackBerry, yes.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-08-2018 08:14 PM
  9. fatclue_98's Avatar
    They should. But as we've seen with other companies before, all it takes is one dumbass CEO to ruin everything.
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    03-08-2018 08:39 PM
  10. Jcmg62's Avatar
    As long as it remains free to use and open enough for device manufacturers to do whatever they want with it then yes, it'll continue to be the go-to platform.

    The fact that it's a bit rubbish, not very secure and tends to slow down most devices within 3 months of running it is irrelevant. It's position is guaranteed through its open source availability.

    Even if AR/VR takes off wildly and Microsoft's next play in mobile computing actually goes mainstream, it'll take at least a decade for those things to put a noticeable dent in Android.

    I just really hope MS don't screw up this Andromeda thing...
    03-12-2018 01:51 AM
  11. dkediger's Avatar
    I think the real question is "Will Google be using Android on phones 5 years from now, or will they be using Chrome?"
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-13-2018 12:05 AM
  12. Timbre70's Avatar
    The crucial question is, will Microsoft be relevant in the consumer space in the next five years?😄
    TgeekB and theefman like this.
    03-13-2018 05:13 AM
  13. MatthewR413's Avatar
    I actually am having this thought about Microsoft right now. I have a laptop and it works just fine and I use Windows daily because I'm a heavy Office user with my work, but when I go home I have my Amazon Fire TV and Alexa and corresponding smart home switches, devices, etc. I use my android phone to set all of this up and rather than invest in a new laptop, I've been looking at getting a 10" tablet because 90% of my time on a device at home is browsing the internet. I'm looking at sub-$200 to get a good android tablet that will do everything I want 90% of the time. I think I'm always going to need a Windows laptop for Excel and Word and Photoshop, etc.... but that's it. I don't want to travel with that laptop like I could a phone or tablet.

    That also brings up the point of Alexa and Google assistant. Are OS's going to be a thing in 5 years? In 5 years, what is a OS? I don't think there will be very clearly defined lines expect maybe in the Apple universe because they are so careful to control the software and hardware sides end-to-end.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-14-2018 08:50 AM
  14. TgeekB's Avatar
    I actually am having this thought about Microsoft right now. I have a laptop and it works just fine and I use Windows daily because I'm a heavy Office user with my work, but when I go home I have my Amazon Fire TV and Alexa and corresponding smart home switches, devices, etc. I use my android phone to set all of this up and rather than invest in a new laptop, I've been looking at getting a 10" tablet because 90% of my time on a device at home is browsing the internet. I'm looking at sub-$200 to get a good android tablet that will do everything I want 90% of the time. I think I'm always going to need a Windows laptop for Excel and Word and Photoshop, etc.... but that's it. I don't want to travel with that laptop like I could a phone or tablet.

    That also brings up the point of Alexa and Google assistant. Are OS's going to be a thing in 5 years? In 5 years, what is a OS? I don't think there will be very clearly defined lines expect maybe in the Apple universe because they are so careful to control the software and hardware sides end-to-end.
    Good questions.
    Things are always changing and I just want to see what it’s like in 5 years and be able to be part of it. I’m not married to one platform or the other, but I would bet Microsoft will still be trying to find their way.
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    03-14-2018 05:14 PM
  15. TgeekB's Avatar
    I actually am having this thought about Microsoft right now. I have a laptop and it works just fine and I use Windows daily because I'm a heavy Office user with my work, but when I go home I have my Amazon Fire TV and Alexa and corresponding smart home switches, devices, etc. I use my android phone to set all of this up and rather than invest in a new laptop, I've been looking at getting a 10" tablet because 90% of my time on a device at home is browsing the internet. I'm looking at sub-$200 to get a good android tablet that will do everything I want 90% of the time. I think I'm always going to need a Windows laptop for Excel and Word and Photoshop, etc.... but that's it. I don't want to travel with that laptop like I could a phone or tablet.

    That also brings up the point of Alexa and Google assistant. Are OS's going to be a thing in 5 years? In 5 years, what is a OS? I don't think there will be very clearly defined lines expect maybe in the Apple universe because they are so careful to control the software and hardware sides end-to-end.
    Good questions.
    Things are always changing and I just want to see what it’s like in 5 years and be able to be part of it. I’m not married to one platform or the other, but I would bet Microsoft will still be trying to find their way.
    03-14-2018 05:20 PM
  16. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Good questions.
    Things are always changing and I just want to see what it’s like in 5 years and be able to be part of it. I’m not married to one platform or the other, but I would bet Microsoft will still be trying to find their way.
    They'll get it right next time, they always do.

    98SE good, ME bad, XP good, Vista meh, 7 (GOAT), 8 meh, 8.1 very good, 10 sucks.

    They're right on schedule.
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    03-14-2018 05:27 PM
  17. MatthewR413's Avatar
    Good questions.
    Things are always changing and I just want to see what it’s like in 5 years and be able to be part of it. I’m not married to one platform or the other, but I would bet Microsoft will still be trying to find their way.
    I don't know how seriously they'll be playing the consumer OS game though. Obviously MS see's the future as cloud computing, as does everyone else. Eventually i see them as a much smaller company and focused on services rather than actually making a OS like we're using now. It's not going to be like the 90's when they were as big as Standard Oil.
    TgeekB likes this.
    03-14-2018 05:44 PM
  18. NickZanetti's Avatar
    They'll get it right next time, they always do.

    98SE good, ME bad, XP good, Vista meh, 7 (GOAT), 8 meh, 8.1 very good, 10 sucks.

    They're right on https://giro-d-italia.com/.
    Agreed. I'm still using XP.
    Last edited by NickZanetti; 03-16-2018 at 02:09 AM.
    03-15-2018 03:40 AM
  19. justjun555's Avatar
    yes it will be. because there is no competition and google will continue to evolve android by merging it with chrome os for desktop market and other solutions based on android for AR,VR and AI.
    03-15-2018 06:02 AM
  20. Free-Spirit's Avatar
    What about a completely new platform that offers something unique that none of us can think about right now?
    03-15-2018 10:04 AM
  21. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    What about a completely new platform that offers something unique that none of us can think about right now?
    An issue with that is getting developers to get involved. Look at Tizen for an example. Has a better battery life than Android or even Apple, as I recall is more RAM efficient, and I think is a little leaner on how much storage it takes. Devs wouldn't touch it for building apps and programs with a 10 foot pole. Samsung even offered cash incentives to develop for it, and there were still no takers.
    03-16-2018 09:23 AM
  22. Free-Spirit's Avatar
    An issue with that is getting developers to get involved. Look at Tizen for an example. Has a better battery life than Android or even Apple, as I recall is more RAM efficient, and I think is a little leaner on how much storage it takes. Devs wouldn't touch it for building apps and programs with a 10 foot pole. Samsung even offered cash incentives to develop for it, and there were still no takers.
    It may sound like sc-fi concept but what if the platform doesn't need devs to write code for it's apps? This doesn't look impossible thanks to recent thrust on AI & deep learning.
    03-16-2018 11:19 AM
  23. MatthewR413's Avatar
    It may sound like sc-fi concept but what if the platform doesn't need devs to write code for it's apps? This doesn't look impossible thanks to recent thrust on AI & deep learning.
    So sort of like Progressive Web Apps? Something easily adaptable. Then, it doesn't really matter what your OS is anymore. They'll essentially be the same across IOS, Android, etc.
    03-16-2018 01:10 PM

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