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A new era for Android.

Occasionally, marketers send me press releases in the hope I'll blog about them. Ordinarily I refuse to be manipulated by such a ploy, but I thought this one about android was worth a little discussion. I've always thought that android phones look interesting but only from the point of view of a tinkerer. This new direction seems to offer something more.

Here's a few relevant excerpts:

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Android, the world's leading free, open source platform for everything beyond smart phones, and the world's most popular phone amongst Android software developers and Google employees, is proud to announce the discovery of their first Consumer.

The Android developer community first suspected the existence of the Consumer after finding non-Google IP addresses in the log file of an Android Developer Forum. The discovery was quickly escalated to Google management who sent a rapid response Privacy Intrusion Team to perform expanded analysis of his web searches, browser, email and telephone usage. They were thrilled to discover that the lurker was a genuine Android customer who was neither an Android software developer or a Google employee.

The potential existence of such a Consumer had been hotly debated on Android developer forums for years. But even the most optimistic Android enthusiasts had assumed that the debate was purely theoretical.

Google had previously spent millions of dollars placing 'Angry Birds' in their 'Google Play' app store, in the hope that it could potentially attract a Consumer to consider using the Android platform for Consumer Purposes. Google's Privacy Intrusion Team have revealed that analysis of the Consumer's correspondence offer no clear rationale for why he purchased an Android phone from a market place crowded with more suitable offerings. Skeptics have taken this as an indication that the Consumer's existence could be the result of Google Finland's controversial 'tag and release' program where members of the public were anaesthetised, given an Android phone, and released back into the population.

This new phase of the Android platform is an exciting time. Predicting an influx of Consumers, developers have quickly raced to make the phone more technically intimidating and to provide an even more fractured range of devices. Google employees remain unaware of anything that has happened to non-Google employees.

The Consumer is now considering getting into Android development, and has recently taken a job at Google.

Crazy times. Next they'll be announcing the discovery of a teenager who wants a Zune.





'Leonardo' on Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:56:39 GMT, sez:

Oh Snap!

I wonder if this Consumer is somehow related to Seth Briars (perhaps they are the same person?): http://steve-yegge.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/haskell-researchers-announce-discovery.html



'lb' on Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:59:54 GMT, sez:

@Leonardo
Oops, I'm a little embarrassed to see how clearly ripped off from Stevey this whole concept was. I have read that article in the past, or skimmed it at least, so I must've been accidentally inspired by it. It wasn't deliberate, but the similarities are unmistakeable.



'Leonardo' on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:18:52 GMT, sez:

It's been a recurring theme for years (thank The Onion for that). Also I don't think Mr Yegge will fret too much over copyright infringement. Just avoid speaking ill of Borderlands and you'll be fine. ;)



'elton john tickets' on Fri, 18 May 2012 11:37:33 GMT, sez:

The potential continuation of such a Consumer had been hotly debate on Android developer forums for years. But even the most positive Android enthusiasts had unspecified that the debate was merely notional.



'pellet mill|pellet making' on Mon, 28 May 2012 03:35:49 GMT, sez:

Well said and is something we need to start doing right away and continue in order to see the changes we need to see!



'Internet providers' on Thu, 04 Jul 2013 08:44:46 GMT, sez:

Android is a good choice but I'm still in favor of iOS. Android is reliable nowadays, no question, but I still prefer iOs gadgets.




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