Android may be the dominant mobile platform on the planet, but the experience can differ significantly between country, mobile network, and handset. In the case of Android, where technology has created a huge and underserved market of users eager to explore the world of content and commerce at their fingertips, companies are jockeying for position to fill the gap. Users are looking for a solution to deliver a high-end experience on their older devices, which is why data from SimilarWeb, shows the term “launcher” is the second most popular search term on the Google Play Store.
At first glance,the Google I/O Developer Conference was all about Google showing off a new version of Android and revealing plans to bring its mobile software to cars, TVs and wearables. But it's the news around Google's Project Tango and the little-reported partnership with aisle411, a company specializing in indoor mapping, that is the real game-changer.