a couple of weeks Ago Microsoft announced what had long rumoreándose: the full support for Windows 10, the ARM architecture. Although not know all the technical details it seems that Microsoft has ported the API of the operating system-ARM and where the applications don’t use will be an emulation of x86.
In principle, this news hardly will affect Android. Introduce a new architecture can reduce the costs of the laptops, to increase their efficiency and as a second derivative to do that Intel is put the batteries. But we’re not talking about the mobile market but the computers. But yes, there are implications for Android, some major.
Attack on Chromebook
on the one hand this decision of Microsoft is a clear attack on the Chromebook that especially in the US we are eating a piece of the market. Chromebooks are simpler to use, but above all can function in an architecture that is more simple and consumes less, apart from more economic.
Chromebook recently announced the support of Android applications, which could lead to the developers to implement applications that work well both in mobile as in desktop. But if Microsoft manages to impose its operating system also in the segment of the ultraportabilidad and computers economic is going to be difficult.
This limits the expansion of Android to other platforms. Or at least puts a competitor on the way. It is not to beat Microsoft out there to be easy, but since then have shown that they are not asleep on its laurels.
on the other hand Microsoft launches into a segment that they already tried it a long time ago and it did not go well, the convergence between mobile and desktop. Your Continuum system allowed to connect the mobile to a screen and keyboard and become a Windows almost completely. The problem is that the “almost” was too large.
In his day we test-Continuum and there were plenty of drawbacks. The main one is that when we were on the desk had not a full Windows, was a cropped version that could only run universal apps (and mostly mobile) and with some more limitations.
now, however, what is proposed by Microsoft is a Windows without limitations on the ARM architecture. This means that could go mobile terminals with Windows-equipped with the latest processors from Qualcomm (which already do not walk so far from what provides Intel on the most common tasks except for graphical power) and offer a complete experience of a desktop, by connecting to a dock.
For me this is the future. The mobile is the personal element par excellence. We have all our data here, we use it every few minutes. It is a logical evolution that to sit in front of a screen which appears is precisely what we have in the mobile. Until now had power limitations and operating system. These two barriers have fallen, at least for the part of Microsoft.
Let’s be clear: Microsoft, now, has lost the battle of the mobile. And its unique cartridge is the opposite, carry the PC around the world to the pocket, to say to people: “hey, you can carry your PC in your pocket when you get up on the site.” It is a road with many potholes, most of the people would say “I already have a PC in your pocket” but it is your only chance to recover the market. And it is, in fact, the only threat they have on the horizon Android and iOS in its domination of the mobile operating systems.
Andromeda and iOS
of Course, neither Google nor Apple are fools. Rumors of a merger between Chrome OS and Android are constants, the last time under the name of Andromeda was expected in Android 7.0 but in the end it will come later. the Google also will focus on convergence and has to perform the reverse path than that of Microsoft, to convince the user to stop using a different PC, which should continue to use the mobile when they are in front of a screen. It is also a way complicated but if you do it well (to be seen) there is a window of opportunity.
For its part, Apple takes time trying to convince their users to work with the iPad Pro. The iOS system each time you’re going to attack more to the segment of the PC. And there are also rumors of your macOS system to run on ARM architecture. But to have two systems-disjoint, it is a bad idea (tell that to Microsoft) and may be working to unify mac os and iOS.
What is clear is that the which has taken the first step in this convergence, that so many years we have been waiting for, has been the worst positioned: Microsoft. And the possibility of exit is a threat to Android. Let’s hope that Google don’t rest on your laurels and Andromeda is something memorable worthy of the history books of computing.
The news Windows 10 will run on ARM, how will it affect Android? was originally published in Xataka Android by Alejandro Nieto Gonzalez .
December 19, 2016
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