The Android Phone Is Here! So What?
Sep 24, 2008, 10:37 (0 Talkback[s])
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"OK, I'm really pleased that Linux does so well in the mobile
phone space. I'm very happy to see Google's Linux-powered Android
phone make its first appearance. But, come on, who buys a phone for
its operating system?
"I know some people disagree with me. ABI Research director
Kevin Burden, for example, said 'Today's unveiling of the T-Mobile
G1, the first mobile phone based on the Android platform from the
Google-spawned Open Handset Alliance (OHA), may be the beginning of
a significant movement towards a situation in which a majority of
mobile phones will run a high-level operating system, rather than
the variety of real-time operating systems currently powering more
than 85% of the world's mobile phones.'
"That's all fine and dandy, but I'll bet that most people still
buy phones because of the plan price than any other single factor.
Of course, there is the one exception: the Apple iPhone. We love
the iPhone, problems and all.