Thanks to a rosy forecast from Gartner, it appears there are bright times ahead for Google-backed Open Handset Alliance's Android platform. IT Business Edge contributor Carl Weinschenk writes about Android's hot streak in a recent blog post.
According to a Gartner report, Android, which only drives 2 percent of smartphones now, will move to 14 percent in 2012. At that point, it will be ahead of the iPhone, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry and trail only Symbian. Google's expanding family of cloud-based applications will be a key reason that Android will thrive, the report says.
It's also been reported that Dell and AT&T are planning an Android smartphone. The device, which is said to be coming next year, would represent a couple of firsts: It would be AT&T's first Android device and Dell's first smartphone. A story on this in eWeek also notes other Android/carrier initiatives, which include promised devices from Sprint and Verizon Wireless and a current device from T-Mobile.
It will be interesting to see if developing apps for the Android will be as popular as developing apps for the iPhone. For those who want to get started, this Android Applications Support Checklist in the Knowledge Network helps IT professionals get some perspective on what they'll need to begin Android development.