Software with no hardware?
Is it available to run in Sadville?
T-Mobile will launch an Android phone this year and with Google allowing developers access to version 0.9, we'll soon see if it has managed the finesse of an iPhone with Nokia-grade functionality. Version 0.9 of Google's platform is now available for download, with a redesigned user interface and some significant improvements …
I agree on the surface it seems like an odd comment, and it made me laugh too.
but i remember a plucky new OS by MS that sudenly allowed multi PC sutups to run etc. getting in there early on with a generic OS is pure genious as all phones are gradually turning into PC's anyway..
For all the bashing the jesus phone gets, shouldn't we be happy about a new competitor? What matters most to me is battery life, and can it do all the things it's hyped to do in a more efficient manner than current phones.
So what if the Gphone comes out after xmas, the people that understand how much a joke the current Iphone is won't run out to best buy or an AT&T store just to have it under the tree. I'll give Gphone a chance to at least not be as bad as the jesus phone.
Christ - I can see where this one is going:
Now: "You'd be mad to buy an iPhone, it's a joke - wait for a gPhone!"
Sept: "It's official - an iPhone killer... take that iPhone Fanbois / Sheep / Mactards!"
Oct: "iPhone weep - the mighty HTC/Android phone will arrive any day and destroy you!"
Nov: "Yeah, Google and HTC do right to delay till after Christmas - the iPhone will be decimated after they add the finishing touches!!"
Feb (2009): "Just wait until it's released - JesusPhone sux!"
March (2009): "It's out - and yeah a bit buggy... but it has a 3 megapixel camera - screw you iPhone wankers!!"
Aug (2009 - 1 year from now): "the 2.0 software is coming and that will blow the iPhone to pieces - die Mactard scum!!"
It's gonna be hard for a phone that's clearly built around a concept that Apple have pioneered (ie the finger touch screen interface) to ever really catch up. I'm not saying impossible, but hard.
Add into this the whole "Company A does OS, Company B does hardware and Company C does applications" and whichever way you cut it, Android could be in for a bumpy ride.
It's great to see more innovation in this market - and Android HAS to be better than Windows Mobile...
And that's battery life.
Well actually, it doesn't have a ToDo app either.
Ok so two things.
Well it doesn't sync memo/notes to your PC.
Ok three things.
Oh yeah, no copy and paste.
Oh wait, it doesn't support the stereo Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP profile.
Five things. But only Five things.
Oh yeah, it doesn't record video, allow DUN tethering, support Bluetooth keyboards, MMS, or voice activated dialing.
Ok, so there are 10 things the GPhone could conquer the iPhone on. This should get interesting.
BTW I *am* an iPhone owner, so not just a basher. I *do* feel even with the issues listed above it's the best phone on the market for what I do (surfing, email and ssh with and ssh client from the App Store.)
I think the whole android thing is stupid, you can only make apps in their version of Java. The whole idea of Java is being multiplatform, having your app available on any mobile platform. If there going to force people to use their own language they should use a speedy dynamic language like Pike. Nokia has been sitting on the potential to kill the iPhone with phones like the E90 and N810. Theyve just bought up Symbian and made it open source and are also using mobile Linux, they should be doing more to promote an open dev enviornment and access to 3rd party apps. Why is it only Jobs is able to get anything done with smartphones?
The iPhone also doesn't wash the dishes or make a boiled egg that's still runny for me to dip my toast in.
For what most people use the iPhone for (or any phone really) - it rocks! Most users of mobile phones and/or the iPhone will never need copy and paste, or DUN tethering or any of the other stuff you mention really.
Web browsing is the best of any mobile device I've seen or used. Text messages are handled in a new way that actually makes sense - more like an instant messaging app. Email is properly integrated and with the large clear screen they are actually readable. The keyboard is, for me, much better for most things than a standard keyboard - certainly a lot quicker. And it can play my music. It doesn't do anything more than other phones can, but it's HOW it does them.
There are things that I would like the iPhone to do, but ultimately I don't see why people are bashing the iPhone because it doesn't do absolutely everything anyone could think of.
It seems funny... people are talking about Android, Google, and iPhone and not considering the obvious - Android on an iPhone.
It seems that the iPhone has a Java bytecode hardware engine built into it.
Users can jailbreak the iPhone to get Java onto it.
The The Innaworks product, alcheMo for iPhone, could reasonably bring Android to the iPhone, without a jailbreak (although the following article does not mention Android as a targeted Java application.)
With those new 3G iPhones at $199, it will not be long for the 1 generation iPhone to be available at a steal on eBay... they would make a good Android candidate!
"It's gonna be hard for a phone that's clearly built around a concept that Apple have pioneered (ie the finger touch screen interface) to ever really catch up"
I've never known a single sentence to be such complete and utter bo**ocks as that.
//Paris because I'm sure she's had some experience of bo**ocks too!
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