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An enthusiast product for early adopters

This is what Andy Rubin stated in his ‘D: Dive into Mobile’ interview, yesterday. And that’s probably the best descrption of Android I’ve read. Like desktop linux was (and arguably still is in some respects), like Mac OS X was in its first three years and like Windows was for a very long period until — arguably — Windows 95 came out in August 1995. It’s hard for ‘normal’ people to get excited about Android, because there’s little that appeals to normal people. Even from a development standpoint it’s clearly work in progress, with volatile APIs, significant bugs and vastly inferior performance (incl. power management) compared to iOS. As I’ve written before, Android development is moving fast and I reckon it’ll take a couple of years at most for it to reach maturity.

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