Next week, I'll meet Google's new Mr. Android. I will also get a briefing on Avoton, Intel's first 22nm Atom-based SoC for microservers. I want to hear your questions and concerns on both of these topics.
As a Silicon Valley reporter, I feel lucky to have meetings like these on my day timer. I want to extend that luck to you by acting as your agent in these meetings. What do you most want to see in a future version of Android? What would you like to know about Google's strategy for this free mobile variant of Linux? If you are building or exploring microservers, what do you see as the challenges and opportunities? What do you want from the SoCs driving these power-efficient compute engines?
I know Android has been huge from the get-go. It was one of the first versions of mobile Linux to get broad and deep backing. We watched a broad engineering community embrace it for everything from medical devices to TVs. It has become perhaps the most widely used operating system today, but it's been a bumpy ride. In the beginning, Android supported only the generally small screen sizes of the smartphones of its day, and it lacked real-time capabilities. And, as we've discussed previously, it still faces big legal challenges from the likes of Apple and Oracle.
I had a chance last year to interview Andy Rubin, the father of Android, for the EE Times 40th anniversary special. Not long after that, Rubin left for "other opportunities," and Sundar Pichai was put in charge of Android at Google.
Google's Sundar Pichai now runs Android and Chrome OS groups.
Pichai was the man behind ChromeOS and the Chromebooks that use this thin layer of systems software riding under Google's homegrown browser. After years of driving the concept forward, Chromebooks now have a small spot on the shelves of the big box stores like Best Buy.
The press breakfast with Pichai on Wednesday is a sort of coming-out party for him in his new role. I am eager to hear what he has to say about Google's plans for Android, and I look forward to taking some of your questions to the meeting. Why for instance, is Android only now getting around to support for Bluetooth 4.0? How's that whole NFC thing going? And what about the overlap between Android and Chrome OS?
These are some of my initial questions, but I want to hear yours.