The future of Android
There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Android recently with the iPads release and Google "doubling down" on tablets in 2012.
Android on Phones:
ICS represents what I believe is Android reaching a mature level. As with many Google products it started off as a collection of powerful ideas loosely strung together with little cohesion. The influence of Matias Duarte in ICS is clear and there is a feeling that Android finally has people at the helm who know what they want it to be. In short Android on phones is phenomenally successful and will continue to be.
The continuous client is going to be the next holy grail of smart phone OS's. The idea that an App on a phone will be essentially the same as an app on the web or on the desktop.
On top of that Google needs to sort out its content provision. Its annoyingly fragmented at the moment which turns users off from the OS.
Yes there are tweaks and improvements to be made, but theses will not fundamentally change the functionality or look of Android Post ICS.
... oh yeah sort out the fucking updates (Im looking at you OEMs)
Android on Tablets:
uggggggggggggggh. This is the battle Google MUST win. Content is the weapon here. Amazon get it, Apple get it.
People buy tablets to consume. They also buy tablets for good looking Apps.
Google MUST pressure devs to make better tablet apps.
Google MUST create a competitive Nexus tablet line.
Google MUST create a compelling content eco system.
Google is giving MS and Apple time to break in and consolidiate their domination in this market. In the end Android CAN NOT stay successful on phones as tablets grow in popularity. If people can get a Tablet/Phone/Desktop running Windows software or Apple software, what story does Google have to compel people to stay with Android.