Well, the bells of inevitability are ringing far and wide across the electronic realm. And, this time the sonorous sound is that of net giant Google slowly but surely taking over the computing domain. In this respect, we should not actually limit Google as just a internet giant. Because it started out with its search engine, then made an efficient web browser (in the form of Chrome), and finally proceeded onto to create a slew of mobile OS versions in the form of Android. And if you thought, all of this was impressive, hear this out. Two years ago, the founding members of the start-up Mobile Facts already found out that one could actually utilize Android as a full fledged operating system in PCs.
Why are we talking about this?
This is indeed a crucial question, and in answer we are moving onto the seemingly 'impenetrable' fortress of Windows. It was just in 2010 that many of us got access to the BlueStacks App Player. In short, this free software nigh did the unbelievable; it allowed Android users to run their favorite apps on any Windows PC. The complete visualization lets us run a total of 10 pre-loaded applications in the Windows platform, including the more graphically demanding ones like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. The app player also connected to the company's Cloud Connect software for Android, which in turn allowed for the apps to be loaded onto the PCs (from their phones) through the cloud.
Now, the app we were harping about belongs to the annals of the previous year. But it was only in this year that many sources and analysts found out that the new version of Google's software (supposedly Ice Cream Sandwich) is compatible with a plethora of our very own personal computers. According to a nigh momentous announcement by Google in September, ICS should be compatible with x86 chips (thus including both Intel and AMD). In terms of features, the ICS is touted to have a multitude of fascinating attributes like three dimensional control and face tracking. Now, envisage such convenient security features along with a wealth of apps in your very own desktop.
The clever folk from Mobile Facts took only about four hours to have the OS fully running (with all the basic hardware required) in their netbook (Asus Eee PC 1000H, in desktop Linux mode). Now, from an unbiased perspective these sudden spurts of coding exploits allude two major points. Firstly, the Android has always been an OS that would work with PCs. As a matter of fact, many among us tech enthusiasts can actually get it to work with a bit of time (and coding skill) in our hands. Secondly, and most importantly, with Google's announcement this year, many of us consumers can look forth to a complete Android based OS on personal computers, along with Ice Cream Sandwich's throng of apps. This becomes even more important in view of Google not so successful Chrome OS (which is based largely on an internet browser with access to apps), as opposed to the more 'mass accepted' Android platform.
Is the idea insane?
Most of us perceive the Android as an OS catering to smartphones (with already over 200 million Android devices being sold world wide). Now in relation to this, at the surface, the myriad of innovative coding and visualization exploits may all seem to a tad bit on the fantastic (or even insane) side. But, logically speaking, Android has always been a Linux component, and by generalization: a Linux can be shifted from one platform to the other. On the other hand, the Android code has some pretty interesting features in the form of its product policy. One of these features stand for specific usage regarding MIDs (or mobile internet devices). In relation to this revelation, a slew of devices like our aforementioned Asus Eee PC actually fall in this category.
Moreover, Microsoft has also talked about launching their Windows 8 in two versions - one for PCs and the other for tablets. So, at the end of the day, the Android running PC is not an utterly insane idea after all.
There was a time when people looked up to iOS, not Android for their tablet OS woes. But now, with the more 'collectively' advanced ICS making its presence felt both in smartphones and tablets, Google has certainly tickled the fancies of many a user. With this wide acceptance comes consumer trust. So, I daresay, many of us would actually look forward to an Android PC, not as a complete replacement for Windows, but as an additional source of good UI with a wealth of apps.