Android App Development Futures

By pjain      Published Oct. 19, 2019, 1:34 a.m. in blog Programming   

Function=Revolution: AI

More Assistants, Support

Smart Speakers, Speech++

Pervasive, SmartThings, IOT



Wearables and Human Involvement

Robots, UAVs, CV in life

FormFactor Evolution & Device Proliferation: TV, Car, x Tablets, Wearables, IOT

Problem: Android is too fat and heavy for small device forms

Flutter, Fuchsia OS - replace Chrome, Android - Google's response to React

  • Fuchsia OS is the new project from Google and it could be the next big OS and might replace Android.
  • Maybe tile like - works better for TVs, mass users
  • Microsoft cooperation on surface? Aligns with Windows OS 95%+ of PCs/Laptops
  • Goal will be to Retain backwards Android compatibility OEM layers - so old apps will still work.

  • Problems with Android <== why FuchsiaOS

  • Fight with microkernel OS that can beat Android on performance
  • Right now Android is OS so each OEM tinkers with it and confuses users
  • Android devices retained for LONG time - lower and cheaper, resold, hand me downs!
  • Android version upgrades and features percolate very slowly - 1 year hit 10-20% of base
  • Security patches are a HUGE problem on Android bad rep, as known exploits can't be corrected fast

  • Fuchsia and the future of Android | Computerworld

Phone Extension - PAN - EarBuds, Watches, Wifi Security, Tethering Hotspots


Car - Android Auto

x SmartWatches Fails - FitBit Versa, Gear, Moto

  • Moto 360 smart watch

x Tablets

x Glasses

Android App Dev Evolution

2018 Instant Apps

  • for modular, instant, and dynamic distribution>discovery>install fast

Android App Bundle

  - APK sizes increase very rapidly =&gt; -1% conversion rate for every 5-6 Mb in app store
  - Goal is to decrease APK INITIAL size, down the road

2017 Jetpack for UI

Screwed up Fragment UI - Android Tablets HUGE failure

  • Android Tablets HUGE failure vs iPad
  • PixelBook - not well received <== confusion of is it android, chrome os, or what?
    • Google is prioritizing Chrome OS for larger devices => Future is in Retina style rich slim feels!
  • Pixel Slate - is it formally cancelled ... 3rd parties have not made money

  • Android tablet market has long been a race to the bottom, particularly as Amazon's Fire series of tablets—which run Android, though lack use of Google Play Services—significantly undercutting the market by positioning themselves as cheap content consumption devices.

  • maybe just cheap FireXX

  • Without a competitor to the iPad and Surface, Google is giving up as Apple is doubling down on tablets, with the introduction of iPadOS at WWDC 2019, bringing more tablet-specific features not available in iOS on phones.

Background Processing

Architecture Components, Modern Dev Tools

2016 Kotlin

2016 Flavors and Multiple APKs - now gone

  • Multiple APK gone - backwards compatible - Generate custom APKs -> Dynamic Delivery => play store manages per device binding - APK 35% size savings on image/res, language

  • Flavors Multiple APKs versions rapidly - hard to test! - CPU arch/bits,screen density,users


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