p2pnet news | Mobiles:- The first mobile phones fitted with Google Android were touted at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Google is pushing the open source application in the hope that ultimately, it’ll open up more paths down which to pump advertising at consumers.
But, "the road between a prototype and commercial handset is a long one," "It’s definitely very promising," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi told Agency France Presse, it says, going on that "Google launched Android last year, hoping to establish its software as the dominant operating system for mobile phones" and, "announced a broad 34-member group called the ‘Open Handset Alliance’ in November last year to develop Android, including China Mobile, HTC, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Telefonica, LG and eBay".
The idea is Android, "will lead to radically improved functionality, notably for web browsing, meaning more people will use their mobile phones for Internet surfing," says AFP.
"As people use the web more, they’ll use Google more, and we’ll be able to sell more relevant advertising," Google spokesman Barry Schnitt told AFP, adding that Android, "faces competition from the world’s biggest mobile phone maker, Nokia, and its Symbian system; US software giant Microsoft, the maker of Windows; and a separate consortium working on an open-source Linux solution," and,"For it to become a worldwide platform and drive uptake, they need more manufacturers onboard," AFP has Milanesi stating.
Posted p2pnet last November:
"Google has released a free, downloadable software development kit, ‘which will allow developers to begin writing applications for the system,’ says the San Francisco Chronicle.
‘The tools give developers a large degree of freedom to build programs for the open-source Linux platform, which is not expected to appear on phones until the second half of 2008.’
But mobile software engineers in Korea are wondering what Google really has in mind.
In fact, they’re showing, ‘lukewarm attitudes toward Google’s newly announced mobile phone platform,’ says the Korea Times, going on:
‘The news spread fast to major software developers’ communities and forums on Web sites. Some of them were excited, but most remained suspicious of Google’s intentions. South Korea has one of the largest pools of mobile software engineers, thanks to the presence of big phone manufacturers Samsung, LG and Pantech.
‘I read the terms and conditions of the Android. I think Google is playing with us, and their slogan `’don’t be evil’ is just words,’ said a user called ‘feanor’ on KLDP.org, the largest online forum of open source software developers in Korea. ‘My understanding of this document is this: if it does not bring money to us (Google), we will revoke the license at any time.’
‘I suspect that Google is not a company that will let people do whatever they want,’ said another user named Kwon."
Agency France Presse – Google’s Android software debuts in Barcelona, February 11, 2008
p2pnet – Google $10 million Android scheme, November 13, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle – Google releases tools for mobile system, seeks developers’ help, November 13, 2007
Korea Times – Korean Developers Skeptical About Google Award, November 13, 2007