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IoT's Connection With Android

Feb 13, 2014 10:09 AM EST

Google and Internet of Things future is with Android. The company is actively collecting big data to further grow Google’s search business. Google’s purchase of Nest was to spur growth of Internet of Things. Google plans to purchase Next with $3.2 billion in cash. It is a key indicator that connected devices are here for the long term. The significant investment validates the fact that IoT is poised to become mainstream in 2014.

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The relationship of Internet of Things and Android has been given an entry point from Android OS. Google’s Android operating system is also expanding. The smartphone sales market has remained relatively stable to date this year as compared to last, increases in share of sales for iOS (up 2.3 percentage points) and Windows (an increase of 1.8 percentage points) have seen these platforms growing slightly faster than Android (up 1.4 percentage points), year on year, according to data released today by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.  

The report also states that Android now owns more than half (51.7%) of the smartphone sales market,. iOS remains in second place with 41.4% of smartphone sales, while Windows’ smartphone sales share remains at 5.6% - compared to last month - but has grown over the last year by 1.8% points.

Data such as data centers, sensor data and tags are an attractive benefit to Google. Google is still relatively new to the data center space. Because Google designs its own servers and because it now runs cloud services that other companies can use in lieu of servers, it’s driving a massive shift in the worldwide hardware market. According to Intel, Google is now Intel’s fifth largest server chip customer. Google as one of the world’s largest hardware makers, owns six data centers, with three in Europe and four under construction (three in Asia and one in South America).

According to IDC, “The Internet of things will change everything and be "a new construct in the information and communications technology world." "It is important to remember that while the market for the Internet of Things is still in its infancy, there is a long legacy of autonomous wired connected things," stated Carrie MacGillivray, IDC Program Vice President, Mobile Services, M2M & Network Infrastructure. "The enabler for growth over the forecast period is the pervasiveness of wireless connectivity and ubiquitous access to Internet regardless of location."

IoT or Internet of Things is powered by Google and Android. The future of our technologies relates strongly to how we connect to the Internet. In today’s economic society our technologies are driven by some of the largest organizations in the world with investments. The Internet of things spending was at $4.8 trillion in 2012. It is expected to reach $8.9 trillion in 2020. Google’s massive install base and Android technology advancements are key enablers. Android OS recent technology advancements have paved opportunities in areas such as mobile, big data and cloud.

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