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Submission + - The end of Android as we know it ( 2

eetc writes: Android, which now ships on about half of all smartphones, is clearly a huge success. But as Galen Gruman writes on, "a growing number of signs indicates that Android has peaked as a platform and will do a slow fade into either irrelevance or the kind of anonymity the operating systems powering 'regular' cellphones have long known." What signs? Evidence from the Oracle lawsuit over Android's Java base, and estimates of search revenues by platform, suggest that Android isn't critical to Google's mobile search advertising growth. This explains why Google's commitment to Android often seems half-hearted, and why Google's partners aren't solidly behind Android either. But the main reason Android will fade, Gruman argues, is that Oracle will win the lawsuit.

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