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What are we expecting from Android?

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September 21, 2008 07:39 PM PST

Well this week the first Android based phone will be announced by T-Mobile. But what are we expecting here? Something as cool as the iPhone? Probably not. Will this be a game changing platform, or just another me too phone? Chime in with your thoughts.

Comments (8)
J, September 21, 2008 11:00 PM:

My feeling is that this release will hold potential, but seem rushed. There was much talk of Android being delayed, and I think this will definitely be a 1.0... er... BETA Google project.

There is no guarantee that just because the firmware is based on open source, that the additional applications and drivers will be open or available.

That said, if the actual Android OS with kernel, etc. is released, that's what's interesting to me. I'd like to see ports of this OS show up for T-Mobile Dash and other WinMo phones.

The HTC hardware rumored to be released isn't the best looking, but does have a hardware keyboard. I think a more polished Android OS + HTC HD phone that was just released will be a more popular combination. This definitely won't be an iPhone killer, but should put some heat on Apple down the line.

J, September 23, 2008 01:08 AM:

Added phone graphic.

John, September 23, 2008 10:27 AM:

MS picks today to announce that Windows Mobile 7 will be delayed.

J, September 23, 2008 11:51 AM:

And MS picked the big Apple iPod day to announce new Zunes.

So - is the source of Android OS now fully available? Can I actually compile the full OS and everything from source and install it on this G1 phone?

John, September 24, 2008 10:50 AM:

Verdict: Dud.

I'm sure this will improve with newer devices and different carriers, but for now I am un-impressed. About the only thing I saw that I thought was cool was the maps street view with compass and the Amazon mp3 store. I have a much longer list of complaints:

No Stereo Bluetooth
No tethering
No exchange support or outlook syncing.
No video playback built in.
No standard headphone support (need adapter)
No MP3 download over 3G (wifi only)
No soft keyboard. Must rotate and use hardware keys for all text entry.
1Gb data cap per month, after that it drops to 50kbps!

Although the 480x320 screen is the same res as the iPhone, I'd still prefer VGA. Finally the browser is pretty lame. The zoom is cumbersome, not at all useful like the double-tab zoom in iPhone and Opera 9.5.

Paul, September 24, 2008 05:49 PM:

Given Apple's terrible app rejection strategy, I really want to see a powerful Android phone. Unfortunately, it looks like the iPhone is still the best choice for me.

I'm not going to write code for it though.

J, September 25, 2008 02:20 PM:

Yes, this is no iPhone killer. Gizmodo totally hated it, but in kind of a not-fair comparison, given that the first gen iPhone didn't have Exchange support or even 3G!

The most disappointing thing to hear about the G1 is the browser is choppy. Since it uses the same underlying engine, one would hope it could match the iPhone.

The price for this G1 phone will definitely drop - they won't be able to keep the same pricing as the iPhone. I'd probably get one if the price drops just for a cool mobile linux device.

J, November 8, 2008 03:26 PM:

This is too crazy not to mention: gPhone interprets every thing you type. Don't go typing "rm -rf" or fdisk, LOL.

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