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Introducing Android from Google, your new mobile overlords, err, saviors

11.05.2007 @ 12:28 PM in Technology
openhandsetalliance For the record, this isn't ALL from Google, thirty-four companies have come together to help develop the first globally open, comprehensible mobile OS platform. They are the Open Handset Alliance, and the project is called Android. Stay tuned for the breakdown after this introduction from a few of the co-creators. Notice the abundance of handsome bears collaborating in this video, this has to be a good thing, eh? [youtube width="600" height="501"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6x0zZsqI3s[/youtube] Alright.

the industry today:

  • A cell phone has a operating system just like your laptop does. It boots, sets up its service and even runs out of memory and freezes just like your laptop does. But what it can't do is offer you the freedom to truly put whatever you want on your phone, "bend it to your will."
  • We have Windows Mobile, Symbian, Linux(in a cut down format, but yep), Java, OSX (teh iphone), and a few others, but they all get locked down and crippled by either the phone, the manufacturer, or the service you pay for.
  • There is also very little cross compatibility. I can send a file to my friend's little nokia over bluetooth with my RAZR, but I can't do the same thing to my other friend's more advanced enVy.
  • And I don't want to talk about Verizon's lockdown red OS hacks of impotence that gets tossed on near every phone with their check marked logo.
  • One more thing, web browsing is sill a joke unless you are on an iPhone or a Nokia n95.

What Android will do:

  • Android is a complete mobile platform, combining a robust and secure open source operating system with full functioning productivity software created to help you manage your 21st century life.
  • A SDK which when unveiled on November 12, will guide developers in creating stable and transferable applications that can run across the board.
  • Open source. You can't stick it to the man because there really isn't one. Ok, I'm sure Google will have a noticeable shadow in all of this, but they own your soul anyway. Give up and embrace.
  • The frickin web will bust wide open as Android and the OHA will help bring the full internet to your phone.
  • Since android is freely delivered to phone developers, there is no licensing costs to use the OS. This means that the consumer doesn't get raped.
  • so many possibilities, just guess and that could be the future.

When will it get here?

  • sooner than you think. expect T-mobile and Sprint to release the Android powered phones around the first half of 2008, maybe March.
  • 3G will play a big part in delivering speed of service, and data plans may not be too unlike the iPhone's.
  • International folks will get their Android on later in 2008.

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