I'm not an alarmist by nature and although the way the market is currently moving at first glance it would seem I'm high off my horse; yet I have to wonder if the Android OS has just plateaued?
My concern is that with all the excitement I should be having over the newest phones being released I'm actually feeling kinda blah! Don't get me wrong the move the technology is making is wonderful, multi core processors, dedicated graphic chips, 3d displays, front and rear facing cameras. All of those are great advancements to the smartphone market that Android is currently benefiting the most from.
What are these latest advancements in technology going to provide for us that we in some way shape or form are not performing already? increased speed will give us the ability to play games sure, they will allow us to perform easier multitasking and so forth. Yet the biggest change happened when the Moto Droid hit along with the latest version of the Android OS that put the Android OS on the map. It offered options out of the box that were stunning. Free turn by turn navigation powered by google maps, customizable home screens, widgets and down loadable aps was all new to someone who came from a Windows based phone.
In my opinion the Android powered phones have already hit the peak and now we will start witnessing it's decline. I've had my Droid for quite a while and honestly the effect it had on me is already worn off. If it wasn't for the fact that I've played with new roms I would have thought the newer phones were going to be that much better. I still recommend Android powered phones to everyone I know...but thats because nothing better has arrived yet.
My point is this, it wouldn't take much at this point in time for someone to differentiate itself from the current lineup by using a new or modified OS to compete with the Android's. My Droid can pretty much do everything the Evo can do, will do pretty much everything the Lightning Bolt will do; so what is really going to drive people to upgrade their smartphones?
Right around the corner it is not going to matter if you have the next Motorola android powered phone or the HTC android phone; they will both offer the same features and almost the exact performance. Either each company needs to do something to help make their Android experience better or look for a different OS.