While the first-gen of Android phones did not really impress me too much (everyone compared them with the iPhone and that race they lost with a huge margin), what is coming out now soon looks more impressive though.
Next week will also be the Google IO developers conference in San Francisco where Android is a topic of course as well. Maybe they will use that to announce new things. In any way Android has been chosen now by HTC, Samsung and Motorola for their mobile phones and it looks like it will also come out on some netbooks (e.g. Dell’s). Archos seems to also work with the Google OS and is supposed to announce that in June and Fujitsu is using it in a digital photo frame. So the list of vendors and consumer electronic devices is growing. Also more mobile operators are announcing deals with Android type of phones: T-Mobile, O2 in Germany, Bouygues Telecom in France and others as well.
A good day-to-day usage test report in the German FAZ shows that its software is very nice although Google still has full control over the parts that are strategic for them such as its browser Chrome or Gmail. No official support for Microsoft Exchange (although there seem to be workarounds) which will mean that they cannot seriously threaten RIM’s Blackberry for business use. I would hope and expect that they will also open it up as well for these programs.
Of course what can be expected is that the soon to come out new Apple iPhone 3.0 and OS (see latest rumors on its specs) will widen the gap again to Android and others.
The new Samsung I7500 Android phone has some pretty decent specs and when it is available I plan to take a look at it and then compare with the new iPhone 3.0:
- Android 1.5 OS
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band UMTS/HSPA
- 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU
- 3.2-inch HVGA cap acitive OLED touchscreen display
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
- 8GB internal flash memory
- microSD slot
- 3.5 mm stereo jack
- Metal case, 11.9 mm thick