I was in a conversation the other day about mobile platforms and the topic of Android, Google’s mobile OS, came up. The general outlook was: new, interesting, but too few devices to be concerned about.
I’ve read a modest amount of material about Android, but the sense I have is that Google is at the tip of the iceberg right now. Sure, only one device has been rolled out to date, and only through T-Mobile (bleegch). But more devices seem to be in the works, currently abroad, but certainly more in the United States soon.
The thing that is interesting, however, is that this is an OS that is (or can be) geared for devices other than cell phones, including netbooks, TVs, and kitchen appliances. It has great reach potential, which has not been demonstrated (yet) by other players. That is something to be considered by developers who are thinking about the next big mobile application to develop — because you might just find yourself playing Scrabble on your fridge while you’re waiting for the water to boil.