According to Google’s Andy Rubin, the godfather of the Android smartphone OS, Android is going to start picking up features needed to tackle business uses – starting this year. To quote a Reuters story on the subject:
“Today, we don’t support many enterprise applications but in the future, I think enterprise will be a good focus for us,” Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, told Reuters. He added that he expected to this to happen this year.
According to the Retuers story, Rubin seems to imply that he thinks enterprises will find Android attractive because they would be able to equip employees with an Android phone and then let [...]
In a bit of an unexpected turn of events, Acer announced that it will start offering Android based netbooks in Q3 of this year – before it gets Android based smartphones out the door.
Acer’s Jim Wong was quoted by Reuters as saying the following at the Computex show in Taiwan:
“Today’s netbooks are not close to perfection at all. In two years, it will all be very different. If we do not continue to change our mobile Internet devices, consumers may not choose then any more.”
Few details were provided other than the Q3 time frame and the fact that the netbooks will be running Intel’s Atom processor, though Wang did say that [...]
Reuters is running a story today that quotes two analysts as stating that Dell is going to start selling its own smartphones in mainland China. Supposedly Dell is working with Chi Mei Communications for the hardware and is working with Red Office for the operating system software.
Reuters said that Red Office confirmed that it was working on OS software for Dell.
The analysts told Reuters that the smartphones would roll out in China first, followed by the U.S. and Europe. Analyst firm Goldman Sachs wrote in a report:
“Our industry checks indicate that Dell, barring any further delays, is likely to launch its first Android smartphone in 2Q09”
According to Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, Hewlett Packard is considering the use of the Android OS for some of its netbooks. Reuters quotes an HP official as saying that the company is considering Android’s capabilities, while the WSJ says that sources have told it that HP is already testing the smartphone OS on netbooks.
Reuters has posted an interesting piece on whether or not Android can save Motorola from its current woes. For those living under a rock, Motorola’s cell phone sales have dropped by 50% in the past year, and the company is now thought by most to be the 5th largest handset manufacturer in the world. We’ll have all have a better idea about that once Moto publishes its year end earnings report later today.
In the article, Reuters asks my friend Avi Greengart from Current Analysis for his opinion on the Moto situation. When talking about how Motorola will have to differentiate itself when competing with a platform that is being used by other handset manufacturers [...]
There’s not a lot we don’t already know in this new piece on Android that Reuters just posted, but at least the author seems to have a better grasp on the industry and the possible effects of the open source aspects of Android than the Financial Times does.
The story once again touts a September 23rd launch in New York City for T-Mobile’s initial Android device, which they refer to as the “Google Dream” phone (ugh). It also talks about how Android isn’t going to have the same initial impact on the market as the iPhone did, which I think is certainly a fair thing to say.
The story is worth reading for those that are hungry for [...]
According to an article published by Reuters today, Google’s Andy Rubin says that Android’s success hinges on the reception received by the first Android powered smartphone, which the story says is due out this month.
Andy Rubin, Google’s director of mobile platforms, told Reuters that Android’s success hinges on the reception of the first phone, due out later this month.
Reuters then went on to reiterate its expectation, as we reported before, that the first Android phone from T-Mobile, presumably the G1, will be announced on the 23rd of September. It said this was confirmed by [...]
According to Reuters sources that are “familiar with the matter” (I love that), T-Mobile is set to launch its first Google Android powered smartphone within weeks. The sources claim that September 23rd is the likely date for a joint T-Mobile/Google announcement in New York City.
The story has no additional information at all, referring to the device as the “Google Dream phone”, made by HTC. Of course people that have been watching closely will know that the name T-Mobile G1 is all but an absolute certainty at this time, since we’ve seen it in website domains and even SKU codes.