Ready for the age of Android?
One of the exciting things about the Android is its fast interface and suite of applications that come loaded with the phone. Early in development of the phone Google announced a contest for developers. Those with the best proposed applications would be awarded $275,000 and their applications would be featured on Android phones, or available for download from Google. The list of winners can be found here.
What does this mean for you?
In a market already saturated with choice (windows mobile devices, palm devices, and-of course-the iPhone), Google’s Android provides you with another option for your mobile device needs. Android promises to deliver a selection of applications that can be downloaded to the phone. Many of these will be free, but paid applications are expected to start arriving sometime next year. The largest benefit of the Google Android platform is in its nature as open-source software. Unlike the iPhone you will not be locked in to a single provider. Although T-Mobile is the flagship carrier of Android phones, the operating system could theoretically be integrated into virtually any phone by any mobile provider. Of course, this means that (eventually) you will not have to switch networks in order to get a mobile device using Android. It is this fact almost more than any other that sets the Android-based device apart from others.
If you would like to learn more about Android take a look at the following sites:
And because we’re feeling nostalgic, here is Google’s original video announcement from way back in November of 2007: