/// At I/O, Google Tilts Toward Android Services Over Android OS

May 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital


There will be plenty of talk about Android at this week’s Google I/O developer conference. But expect to hear more talk about what the company has been doing to improve its suite of Android services than about big changes to the operating system itself. “It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system,” Google’s Sundar Pichai said in an interview with Wired . “Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things. We will show how Google services are doing amazing things on top of these two platforms.” It makes sense that Google is investing a lot in its services that ride on top of Android — and for three main reasons. First of all, it is these services, rather than Android itself, where Google makes its money. Second, when Google invests in Android, those are investments that benefit anyone using Android, from loyal partners such as Samsung and HTC to those that heavily modify the operating system such as Amazon and many Chinese phone makers. Pichai was charitable toward all of the Android efforts, even those such as Amazon that take Google’s work and go in a different direction

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At I/O, Google Tilts Toward Android Services Over Android OS


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