The rumors have always pointed towards Google releasing an Operating System but we just never really took it seriously. We figured Android is a desktop-class OS and many netbook manufacturers have taken a liking to it, so Google needn't bring another OS into the market. Oh how wrong we were.
The Google Chrome OS, an open source platform (yay), is designed for x86 and ARM based netbooks, laptops, and desktop computers. Google says that the OS is going to be lightweight, enabling quick and easy access to the web and that it'll be virus free, for the underlying security architecture is completely new. We'll let Google describe the rest:
The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies
So what does this spell for Android? Android was an OS built for smartphones but undoubtedly had netbooks and MIDs in mind when being developed. The Google Chrome OS extends from the top end of desktop PC's to the low end of netbooks as well. There's obvious overlap and Google is acting pretty cryptic when it says:
While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.
So we guess, only time will tell how Android and Google Chrome OS will co-exist and which one becomes preference on netbooks and other netbook-type devices. Our prediction? We're expecting Google Chrome OS to be hugely successful on netbooks while Android becomes the de-facto standard for touch based OS's.
What do you guys think about Google Chrome OS? What do you think this means for Android?
The video above was posted via T-Mobile's Youtube Channel and if you're interested in what the myTouch 3G can do, it's definitely worth a look. The most interesting thing to us is that the video never once mentions Android. It details all the Google apps but the word Android is strangely omitted. Perhaps, T-Mobile doesn't think Android is a big enough brand to sell a device on? It's definitely an interesting stance.
Instead, T-Mobile chose to hype the customizability of the myTouch 3G--you can personalize the back cover and add widgets to your liking, so that the 'myTouch 3G can be yours'. Right.
Want to know more about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and can't wait for today's media event? Well, Tmonews got a heck of a grab: pricing, launch info, and target release dates for the myTouch 3G. And though it's great to finally get the details on the myTouch 3G (a device that should have been released months ago), not all news is good news.
For one, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G is going to go on sale for $199.99 with new two year contracts, an acceptable amount...last year. With the iPhone 3G being available for $99, T-Mobile should have realized that the new mark has been set and matched their pricing. And honestly speaking, the myTouch 3G aka the HTC Magic is hardly a 'new' handset that'll justify the "premium" pricing. Wouldn't it make sense to draw more customers at the $99 price point especially when there's not significantly better than the current G1? The HTC Hero at $199 makes sense but the myTouch 3G? Even Rogers has the HTC Magic for $99!
What's going on T-Mobile? Guess we'll find out for sure today.
We thought the day would never come but the perpetual BETA tag on the Google Apps Suite has finally been removed and Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Talk now have the distinction as ready for the public, or beta-less, software. It was always a running joke on how Gmail managed to stay in Beta for 5 years, especially considering in recent years there was hardly anything Beta about Gmail.
So why the switch after all those years? As Google explains it:
We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase. So we've focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.
Before you get excited, the Google G0 isn't a real Android phone. It's not coming out anytime soon and heck, it'll probably never be built. But boy is it one sexy device.
Taiwanese designer Tryi Yeh came up with this Android Phone concept and aside from its beautiful design, it has some pretty interesting features. Though it's billed as a slider-type device, the slide function only reveals a camera on one end and four customizable multi-functional buttons on the face--a pretty neat idea. Also drool worthy: the end-to-end touchscreen.
Sorry for showing these pictures to you guys since you may never look at your T-Mobile G1 the same ever again but man, what we would do to get a real production unit of this G0..
More pictures of the Google G0 Phone Concept after the jump!
Wikipedia is definitely one of our most frequented websites on the Android Browser. It's such a satisfying feeling when you can answer your own question in one quick search. And though we had to chug along the full site for quite some time, Wikipedia is now optimized for viewing on the Android browser (and iPhone, Pre, and Kindle). This new mobile Wikipedia site will make it immensely faster, easier, and even more useful.
Point your Android browsers to Wikipedia and you should be re-directed to the new mobile site of Wikipedia. Or you can head there directly HERE.
The Samsung Galaxy I7500 will be available to all you fine folks across the pond in August. O2 will be the lucky carrier for the United Kingdom, who'll carry the honor of releasing the first Android phone not made by HTC. The Samsung Galaxy was once the apple of our eye, but we can't help but feel the shine of it has been rubbed away after seeing the Hero and hearing reports of upcoming Motorola Android devices.
However, if we pay no mind to future Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy on paper is definitely the best of the current Android offerings. Multi-touch, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 8 GB of internal storage, 3.5 mm headphone jack, all housed in a sleek and thin design. We definitely see a winner here.
The interwebs were ablaze when The Guardian cited 'industry insiders' saying that Nokia, the world's largest phone manufacturer, was making an Android device to be introduced in September. The logic was understandable: though Nokia was the #1 phone manufacturer, they've been losing market share since smartphones have become more popular. Competitors like the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android have been slowly chipping away at their lead and it may be only a matter of time before Nokia is overtaken. A Nokia built, Android powered device could potentially prevent that.
A Nokia Android device could have some very compelling specs and given the reputation of Nokia phones in regards to phone calls, media capture, and battery life I would be first in line to buy a Nokia Android unit
And though the prospect of a Nokia and Android union is exciting and makes some sense, it doesn't seem to add up or fit Nokia's current plans. Nokia phones run Symbian, another smartphone OS that Nokia has pledged their allegiance (and cash) to--to jump ship would be a complete shift in strategy that could prove unnecessary and too risky. But all this speculation is much ado about nothing as Nokia (predictably) squashes these rumors before they get out of hand, stating:
"There is no truth to this story whatsoever," a statement from the company read. "It is a well known fact that Symbian is our platform of choice for smartphones."
So though it looks like Nokia has nothing Android-related in the works, it certainly won't stop Nokia and Android fans from continuing to hope. We'd love to see if Nokia can deliver a great experience on our lovely Android. What do you guys think?
We've always been semi-interested in the Media Tablet space and our interest was obviously piqued when Archos was rumored to make an Android-powered tablet device. And though we haven't exactly heard about the tablet for some time, it's good to know that a September 15th launch for the Archos Android Media Tablet is looking more and more likely. The Tablet will run Android but will also include some custom-built Archos software on top.
The rumored specs:
800MHz TI OMAP 3440 processor
7.2 megabytes HSDPA
7 hours of Video Playback
The specs certainly make the Archos Android-powered tablet more compelling but will it be enough to convince consumers to take the plunge? Or is your regular ol' Android phone good enough?
The Revolution came to Rogers only a month ago, with the Canadian launch of both the HTC Dream and HTC Magic, and joining the Revolution now has already become more affordable--Rogers just announced that they'll be dropping the price of both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream to a mere $99.99 (new 3-year contract applies).
This is a wonderful price to jump to Android with but one can't help but wonder if it's related to the recent hype of the HTC Hero or even a direct response to the iPhone 3G's $99 pricing. Rogers would certainly love to push a wider portfolio of smartphones out rather than becoming dependent on just Blackberrys and iPhones. Whatever the reason, it's a great price point to "join the revolution"!
The specs, if true, are stunning: it's supposedly using the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1 GHz, has an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 7.2 megabytes HSDPA. We're hoping that this is all true because it'll certainly make for one heck of an Android device. It's supposed to be announced later in the year, so we just might hold off on that myTouch 3G purchase...
We already knew that LG was planning to bring multiple Android Phones to the market but it's always nice to hear a reminder. LG's President of Mobile Business Ahn Seung-kwon recently stated that they plan to overtake Samsung and become the #2 cellphone manufacturer in the world by 2012 (we're assuming Nokia is #1). In order to do this they'll release phones for both Android and Windows Mobile, a new 'Black label' series of phones which will directly compete with the iPhone, another Prada phone, and create an extreme premium brand.
We don't know about you guys, but in order to become the #2 cellphone manufacturer in the world, LG will certainly need more 'everyday' phones targeted for the mass market. A lot of those devices seem to be focused for the high-end. And that's where we guess Android fits in, to provide LG with affordable smartphones running a great (and free) desktop-class mobile OS. We fully expect more LG Android phones in the near future.
We've been (im)patiently waiting for a Motorola Android Phone since Android was announced. And though we've had leaks and revelations, the (personally) much anticipated Motorola Android Phone has yet to be found. So what are they doing?
Business analysts are saying that Motorola is re-targeting their Android efforts for the low to middle-end of the smartphone market. This is saddening but incredibly sensible news, Motorola has to turn a profit in order to survive. The best way to do it may be to offer a highly affordable mass market smartphone.
Competing with the likes of the iPhone, Blackberry, and Pre could prove much too difficult especially for a company in rocky waters like Motorola. One huge failure could sink an entire company--not everyone can turn around their company with one device. Palm and the Pre are the exception not the rule.
And if you could get a free Motorola Android smartphone or at most, a $99 Android smartphone, wouldn't that be more compelling than all those dumbphones on the market? If you're competing against phones inferior to yours, isn't that 'guaranteed' victory? Makes sense to us. Granted, this is just business analyst-speak, it's sound advice. As sad as it is to see a company known to push the envelope, play it safe, it's the product of the times. Hopefully Motorola will address the speculation soon.
And if we're lucky, let's hope that the still hotly anticipated Motorola Calgary or Ironman is still on track for release. Don't take that away from us Moto! What do you guys think?
We love the FCC around these parts, they always manage to leak a nugget or two when devices pass through their hands and if we're really lucky, a horribly composed picture. So though we don't have any photos of the HTC Hero that went through the FCC we do have an interesting nugget to pass on: the North American HTC Hero has WCDMA 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands. Why is this notable? Well, those would be the 3G bands for AT&T and Rogers!
Could this hint at an AT&T HTC Hero? That would be best case scenario considering, as much as we love T-Mobile (for its pricing and customer service), AT&T's 3G network is far superior than T-Mobile's paltry 3G offering. Or worst case scenario is that its headed for Rogers and we'll have to import the device from our friends to the north. Either way, it looks like a good bet that the HTC Hero is going to come to one of these carriers...eventually.
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