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Google shows Android, faces software challenge

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Tue September 16, 2008

Android Demo Sept 16

Google used its London Developer Day on Tuesday to show a late build of its Android mobile operating system in an event that suggests continuing resistance to the platform. Using what's now largely accepted as a prototype of the T-Mobile G1, Android chief Michael Jennings demonstrated the phone's full HTML browser as well as its version of Google Maps and the accelerometer, which can affect both the operating system as well as specific programs.

The atmosphere at the event was nonetheless apprehensive, according to anecdotal reports from the British event. Although every developer at the presentation was aware of Android, only a handful of "two or three" were actively creating programs for the software, with most described as hesitant to write code for the device versus the iPhone. So far, only T-Mobile has elected to carry an Android phone in the US while Verizon and others have so far expressed just initial interest.

Jennings stressed that the quality of the software should be what drives Android. Most applications will be free, he said, adding that the open-source nature of the platform is something Windows Mobile can't claim. Installations are also considered easy and include updates that are independent of the provider; customers won't need to wait for carrier-specific firmware or to take the device in.

Worries over security from carriers and potential end users is also thought to be overstated by the project lead, as any third-party software that accesses a crucial feature such as the camera or dialer will have to ask for permission before they can run.



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  1. Alexandr

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    not impressed

    very boring

  1. testudo

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    software

    Of course developers will be wary of spending time/money on applications. Who would, until they knew who was going to be offering the OS?

    Jennings stressed that the quality of the software should be what drives Android.

    Well, what 'should' be and what 'is' are two different things.

    Most applications will be free, he said, adding that the open-source nature of the platform is something Windows Mobile can't claim.

    Nor the iPhone, which prohibits developers from even talking about the OS/SDK.

    And lest we forget, the AppStore is a restricted haven of software, only that which Apple deems worthy of release (and which doesn't interfere with their own plans).

    as any third-party software that accesses a crucial feature such as the camera or dialer will have to ask for permission before they can run.

    Wow, sounds like Vista's 'security' model.

  1. gambit-7

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    Android:

    While I am looking forward to the increased competition in the mobile space, I have yet to see any success in a marketable, mainstream operating system that's been designed by committee for hundred of separate devices.

  1. JulesLt

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    The AppStore is indeed restricted, but there is also a financial upside for involvement that beats most other mobile app platforms.

    It seems that the Android team expect most of their apps to be free and open-source. We'll see how that pans out - there is a large audience of developers waiting for an open source mobile platform, but I think it's the wrong strategy to expect this crowd to deliver the goods for your (commercial) platform.

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