Seems like yesterday when I was sitting in this very forum anxiously awaiting the Motorola Droid. I was going to own a cool phone running Android! I spent every free moment of my time talking about the hardware and the OS. The keyboard would certainly be killer- no pun intended- and Eclair was mind blowing! The Motorola Droid was going to blow all other phones out of the water. Yeah I know you were thinking the same thing, it's ok to admit it The specs were something out of this world. The TI OMAP 3430 clocked at 600 MHZ was crazy. A whopping 256 MB of RAM was going to allow me to run 1/4 mile times in under 5 seconds. This phone was going to be fast and we won't even talk about the display. Best display on the market anyone? Yeah those were the days.
The excitement continued to build as Eclair was updated to 2.0.1 then to 2.1. Remember waiting for 2.1 to roll out? I barely ate or slept. I was on the these forums waiting and waiting. The wait turned into frustration and then finally it came!! I could eat and sleep again....but wait! What was that? Froyo? 2.2? Did someone say Froyo was going to be coming out? When?!! I have to have that!! I don't want to wait, I have to have it NOW!!! It's going to have JIT compiler to make it super speedy? I don't know what that is, but now it sounds even more exciting! I want it nowwwwwwwww!!!!
Rumors of Gingerbread then began to dance in my head, I was excited yes, but not too excited. I seemed to be growing a little comfortable with Android, not bored, but 'comfortable'. Gingerbread came and went without a huge amount of fanfare, and I began to feel a sense that things were slowing down. Not that the community was disinterested in Android, it just felt like Android was kind of stagnating. Certainly Ice Cream Sandwich would turn the slow boat around right? No, not really. People waited but the forum wasn't stacked with people posting "I can't wait!!" "did anyone get ICS yet I'm sooooo excited!!" "I got it!! I got it!! Oh my god ponies!!!!" Now I'm not saying there wasn't a level of excitement, everyone likes a nice update, but the excitement wasn't palpable and starting things on fire like the 'old' days. It seems lately, at least to me, when Google announces a new OS a lot of people say "Oh that's cool" and pretty much move on. Yes we cover it and throw in all the details and features, but it's never anything really exciting. I'm not saying this is exclusive to Android. Apple in my opinion, is going through the same thing. Maybe this is all part of a maturing OS and I shouldn't expect a lot of software innovation, but I'm not so sure. It's that time folks. I think it's really time for the OEMS and software companies (Apple, Blackberry, Google or Microsoft) to come up with some hardware/software combo that blows everyone away.
I want something to come along that I have to have out of nothing but pure and sheer desire. When the Motorola Droid was announced, I had to have it. It wasn't a 'ho-hum this will be a cool phone maybe I should buy it' type of thing, I would have done nearly anything to get one. I did say nearly folks I'm crazy but not that crazy.
I think you get where I'm coming from. I do feel something is going to break. With Sammy and Google getting all warm and fuzzy, Lenovo snatching up Moto and MSFT slowing forging ahead, I feel a sense that things are going to change. What that change is, I don't know, but I'm not counting out anyone.
Let me know your thoughts. Perhaps I'm the odd man out, and I'm a little 'off'. That certainly wouldn't be surprising.
Thanks for listening, I look forward to everyones comments!!!