A perspective on Android 1.0

Posted on October 24, 2008. Filed under: android, Applications, Google | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Finally Android hatched out into the hands of the famous, of which IMAndroid is unfortunately not. So, we base our views and judgements by reading other prominent websites.

I’ve written before on why buy Android, Lets see how much of that is true and add anything new to it:

Here, we are going to focus only on the operating system and not the hardware device. G1 is all about Google’s Android platform and less about hardware or HTC, if it were, we probably would have a much better ergonomics!

User Interface – From the pictures Ive seen, Android brings freshness to the market. We are tired of running windows with monochromatic lustre. iPhone looked like the only attractive solution to our rebel mobile nature. It should be credited with bringing this drastic change and Android sure steps up right there if not further. Although, some have expressed their resentment with clutter in the Menu. Where Android takes lead is the fact that its open source. Hardware manufacturers and Carriers are free to form their own version of Home screen. This is a big bonus which will widen Android User’s experience.

Google in Android: Google services as appearing as native applications are welcome. There are issues here though.

  • Can I use Android Mobile for calls without signing into GMail?

Lets exclude the possibility of using other software programs (hacks) that may (in the future) detach Google services embedded within Android. What restrictions does Google put in here? Can it be still used as a 3G Mobile device? Browse the Internet at 3G speeds via Chrome? These are questions that are coming up but without answers.

At GITEX Dubai, HTC Manager reveals Android Mobile Phone shall be in MiddleEast in 2009. Theres no talk of carrier tie-up yet. The Middle-East mobile story relies upon GSM unlocked devices. There are few devices that are locked to a particular Mobile Carrier with negligible success. And By then, we’ll see more OHA hardware manufacturers coming out with their stars. The question then is, HOW WILL Android behave in such markets/devices. Would it be free of  “Google clutter”

I’ll be actually waiting for a GSM unlocked Mobile Phone powered by Android that’ll probably do alot more than G1 in Asian and MiddleEastern markets.

Applications:

Unprecedented potential of Android Applications is the silver lining. Great applications like BarCode, Beetaun, Locale have taken mobile apps to new heights. It’ll be unwise to comment on current availability of productive applications. Hey, its just been what? a day or 2 since it launch. We’ll have great apps in no time.

There are some Basic issues as well here with Basic appz like Contacts. Contacts relies on Google Contact which in-turn is linked to Gmail. I’ve got about a 300 contacts in my Gmail of which 40 are hardly useful. This accumulated junk and its listing in your personal mobile that stays with you all day is quite irritating. I don’t spend time organising contacts in Gmail, so its pretty much a nightmare for guys like me. Again, there are some that may find this hell-u-va convenient.

Bottom line: Android is the future! MS rejected any threat by Android to WindowsMobile probably like how they rejected any threat to Live search by Google. And unless Symbian does something drastic with its newly formed Symbian foundation.. We see Android’s heading in the right direction.. But it sure does require some fine refinemnts.

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