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Brad Shimmin, an analyst with industry research firm Current Analysis, said Android could be well positioned to become the connection platform between electronic devices. The idea here, he said, is "why try to have all sorts of logic in devices and appliances when you could just have one or two Android devices with the logic to control them?"
Shimmin noted that, at this point, Android's position as a universal platform for any electronic device is just a vision from Google. But the company has "a huge developer population," he said, as well as a rapidly growing population of manufacturers.
He recalled another company with a similar vision at one time -- Sun Microsystems, with its "write once" Java platform that could operate across devices. But Shimmin said Google is "going about this the right way," by controlling the development of Android and then pushing out the open-source code and letting developers and manufacturers do what they want.
He also pointed out that Ice Cream Sandwich, the tasty name for the next major release of Android, is designed to be the first version of the operating system that is "unified across disparate devices," rather than being focused on smartphone or tablet optimization, as current and previous versions have been.