Does a turkey vote for Christmas?
If handset manufacturers all adopt the same OS, are they in danger of suffering the same fate as many PC makers? http://www.reviewsreviewed.co.uk/index.php/mobileblog/Open-source-close-company-844.html
Sony Ericsson’s recent membership to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has finally prompted it to come clean over rumours that it’s planning to launch a handset based on Google’s Android platform. Rikko Sakaguchi, Corporate VP at Sony Ericsson, said it’s the company’s aim to “develop a handset based on the Android platform”, …
But you are making the mistake of thinking that people buy phones mainly for the operating system and/or features -- many buy phones because they "look cool" or fit into their pockets better or, in my case, have a decent screen and qwerty keyboard.
Or, to put it another way, since all Windows Mobile devices are the same platform -- why would I prefer my old HTC Universal to my new Athena?
Given the awful quality of Sony Ericsson's development of Symbian this could be just the thing that confirms Android's reputation of a quality OS on an awful phone. Apple must be overjoyed.
On another note, does anyone produce a 3G phone that does nothing except make calls and act as a modem...I'd buy it!
Mine's the one with a T39 in the pocket.
An SE Xperian X1 running Android would be close to my ideal phone at the moment. I like the 800x480 screen, the querty keyboard and the relatively small size, plus GPS etc, but I'm reluctant to buy it with Windows Mobile. Hopefully the hardware will have come on a bit more by next summer, too.
My first phone was a Nokia, so was my second, these were the days of green backlights.
I switched from there to the SE T610 and never looked back, since then I've used the K700, K800 and now the G900 which has both touchscreen and keypad, perfect for not looking like a smart phone when texting on Dalston High Street late at night.
HTC is the choice of my workplace, they weigh a ton, they have a brick like feel in the hand, the battery life can't really be called a life, they crash (Phones should not crash), and you look like a knob using one in the street, you know like the blackberry/pull-trolley people.
I think it's a great move to use Android as it promises to be a popular platform, and as we all know it's the popular platforms that get applications. It is however a bad move to have HTC build it, SE are great at designing phones that feel nice to hold, HTC are not.
Paris... Talking of nice to hold...
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