The post PC world is advancing. Android has over 1.4 billion users, making it the biggest software platform in the World. Even the way Google billed it’s new Nexus devices demonstrated this post-PC world, with the Nexus 6P being presented as the perfect device for your life and work.
Without doubt, the biggest news from Google’s event yesterday was the announcement of a new monthly update, which every Android phone running Marshmallow and above will show, to reveal whether it has the latest flavour of Android. Android is ensuring that it’s users are running the latest version, to ensure that users have the latest security protection. This is hugely significant for developers as it will make supporting Android much easier, moving forward.
In addition to the Nexus 5X and 6P, Google announced the Pixel C, an Android tablet made by Google (unlike the phones made by LG and Huawei). The Pixel 6 is a 10.2” tablet ($499 for 32GB and $599 for 64GB) with a very clever keyboard accessory ($149). The keyboard clips on using magnets and is able to detect when the it is on the back of the tablet, bringing up the on-screen keyboard, or acting as a case — where the Pixel C will actually charge the keyboard.
One interesting point to consider about the focus Apple and Google is giving on tablets is that both also provide desktop style computers. Google’s Chromebooks are used by more than 10,000 businesses across the world, yet the company recognises that for many people and for many businesses, all they need is a tablet device running mobile software.
With the iPad Pro, Apple won’t have created and released it in the same year as the new MacBook unless it knew that there was going to be a valid use case for it. Companies should be looking at the devices that Apple, Google and Microsoft are all releasing this year as a sign for where the world is continuing to move to.
In terms of features, we recently wrote about all of the new features coming to Android Marshmallow. Now on Tap is without doubt the biggest feature, with the ability to get context from within apps or on the web. This is the standout feature, making it easier for people to use Google services to get information from across their phone or the web.
Mobile phones and the operating system that runs on them is in many ways more powerful than desktop, because of the context and immediacy that it provides. In the UK, we now spend more time on mobile, in apps than we do on the web, on the desktop. Even in many jobs, the balance has shifted to mobile. In many cases in the future, some employees may never need to touch a desktop computer because the tablet or smartphone they have delivers what they need.
With Microsoft’s event next week, we will see how it intends to tackle mobile with Windows 10 and how it is shaping up for the post-PC world we increasingly live in.