This week's Computex show in Taiwan has thrown the spotlight on new device formats such as netbooks, and the role that Linux hopes to take in those, which suggests Android could ride that wave soon. And on the other side of the world - at Google's annual developer conference in California - the message was rammed home, though …
In my possession, I have a fairly old HTC Touch running Windows Mobile 6.5 (no, it didn't come with that) which I expect to have running WinMo 7 prettymuch as soon as it comes out. I carry and use this phone every day. When it still ran the carrier's OS image, it was an unstable piece of garbage. The minute I flashed it to a generic image (and readded HTC's nice suite of addons), it became rock stable. I've had to reset it exactly once (and that was because of a bug in an app that *I* coded).
So, handset manufacturers, I think the lesson here is that if you stop letting the carriers futz with hardware drivers to lock things down, you won't have to complain about Windows Mobile being unstable.
Contrast this to my fiancee's iPhone - which has been to the Apple Store twice for exchange because the Wifi chip arbitrarily decides that it hates life.
Android has a very legitimate chance at overtaking the "Casual Smartphone" market. You know, the one filled with TMobile Sidekicks and other featurephones masquerading as smartphones. It's already beaten S60 in the US because we don't have any S60 phones. At all. That leaves 3 market segments left. The Fashion Phone segment, which consists of the iPhone and select Blackberries, the Executive segment, which consists of primarily Blackberries, and the Utilitarian segment, which consists of all the people that buy Windows Mobile because it's a versatile computing platform with a braindead simple development environment (as well as the excessive inherent customizability).
Fashion Phone Segment - Android doesn't stand a chance until a celeb trades their Blackberry in for one. The iPhone portion of this segment is almost untouchable because Android is missing the logo.
Executive Segment - Not a bloody fucking chance here, either, because the thing won't connect to RIM's mail server and the fractured handset manufacturers won't be sending sales reps to golf courses.
Utilitarian Segment - They have a shot here. They need to make the devkit easier to use (Drag and drop Visual Studio style easy to use, because that's what Windows Mobile has) and build the same vast, varied array of software and developers that WinMo has. Every aspect of the phone has to be user customizable, users should be able to freely update the OS (within reason), and the fucking carriers need to be prevented from making crippling customizations.
I hate to point out a mistake but the T-mobile G1 is now a cupcake device, the update was rolled out to users in the UK about a month ago, with a security update about two weeks later.
So it's not just the Vodafone Magic that is cupcaked.
Paris because I'd like to ice her cupcakes.
I've been waiting for it to propogate across to new phones, let's be honest that G1 was a fugly brick. The HTC looks better but not brilliant, hopefully we'll see some nice new phones with v2. My iPhone whilst nice is now a year old and has been behaving very oddly for about 3 months now, plus the Google OS seems a hell of a lot better than the Mac one.
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"You get a solid operating system, browser and GSM stack for free," ... (as opposed to $8 to $15 per handset for a WinMo license).
Not to mention the slight fact that WinMo is pants.
I mean, $8-$15 is not a huge amount compared to the true cost of a mobile, especially a high end smartphone.
The main reason people are excited about android is that it gives them a chance to use a mobile OS which is not utter crap.
They want developers?
Better make the dev phones available in more countries then. The Choppers.
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