ABI Research recently published a report about Google’s Android and mobile Linux. According to ABI Research, the spread of Linux into the mobile environment will face significant barriers, including vertical fragmentation due to the lack of complete stack, and horizontal fragmentation (the result of many bodies developing solutions in parallel). Both aspects have made it very difficult for device vendors, carriers, and third-party software developers to justify vast investment in platform development.
ABI Research believes Google’s Android may be the solution the problems mentioned previously. Android provides a ready-made ecosystem of vendors, carriers, and software developers that could provide enormous economy-of-scale right from the start. In addition, Android uses the Apache V2 public license, which does not include a copyleft function.
ABI Research’s report, Mobile Linux, demonstrates how and why the industry is rallying behind the Linux offering and discusses barriers that need to be overcome before Linux emerges as a true market power. The report supplies a detailed SWOT analysis of the mobile Linux offering and presents forecasts for Linux uptake in mobile devices for commercial OS implementations and RTOS replacement. The report answers:
- How many handsets will be Linux-enabled?
- What proportion of Linux-enabled handsets will be commercial OS implementations?
- What proportion of Linux enabled handsets will be for RTOS replacement?
- What revenues can be expected from Linux OS shipments?
- How will Linux-enabled device shipments differ by region?
More info: Mobile Linux