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Update On Android

Update On Android
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Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 25 august 2008

A few months back I wrote a slightly opinionated piece entitled, Will Google Phone’s September Launch Kill Nokia? – it was a look at the impact of the forthcoming release of Google hardware and software on the existing telecoms industry. Since then, we’ve had little news about Google Android – the tech company’s open operating system that allows other companies to make applications for phones in the same way they make websites and phone apps. Anyway, the Guardian has a quick update on Android and what it offers – and I thought we’d share it:

What’s different about the software?

In the past, most handset makers have used expensive, proprietary software including Symbian, Windows and Palm. Android is built using Linux, an open-source operating system. The firm will give the software away and make money from it in other, Googley, ways.

What makes Google phones special?

Consumers will find touchscreens, video, audio, 3D graphics and Wi-Fi connectivity – and also the integration of the most popular Google applications such as mapping and email. And a super-powered web browser, of course. There’s also a software development kit so that independent developers can build extra applications.

Will this be better than the iPhone?

The features of Android-powered phones will be as good, if not better, than Apple’s iPhone, but aimed at a wider section of the mobile market.

The next big thing? Google phones | Media | The Guardian

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