Google OS to be used in rice cookers and fridges.
The dominant force in the world of smartphone operating systems is now primed to make its presence felt in the kitchen, as Google’s Android prepares to become the chief OS in the realm of Internet-controlled gadgets.
A number of Android-powered products are currently on display at the Las Vegas show, including the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
By extending its free operating system to such a diverse array of devices and applications, Google will no doubt look to capitalise on the collection of additional data to bolster its search business and race ahead of Microsoft and Apple in the software stakes.
However, this isn’t the first time that Google has tried to broaden Android’s horizons. And, what’s more, not all of these attempts have been successful. In 2010, Google tried to take Android into the lounge with its Google TV set-top boxes and software, which failed to hit the firm’s sales targets.
So, why should Google expect such a move to embraced with any more warmth in 2013? Well, according to IDC, the demand for ‘intelligent’ devices and applications has grown substantially since 2010, with the market for said devices and systems capable of receiving and transmitting over the web expected to double to around four billion units in 2015 from 1.8 billion in 2011.