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The much hyped Android OS smartphone makes an appearance via an anonymous source

The folks over at Gizmodo recently got a nice photo of a prototype Google Android smartphone in the wild from one of their readers who used the device for a day.
Our source, a Giz reader, had some feedback to add to the prototype, which he used for a day: Even in early form, it's light and fast, much faster than the desktop emulator at times. And as a longtime programmer, he thinks it's a lot more put together than Window Mobile 5 on the back side of things. It's a prototype, so things will obviously change, but these are all great signs. I just pray that hardware by other makers is a lot more adventurous. In my mind, those HTC designs remind me a little too much of WM and will for a long time.
Google has been hyping the Android OS platform and the forthcoming Android smartphones for months, beginning with the announcement of the Android OS launch in early November. Since then we've seen the Android SDK released for free and $10 million in prizes for the Android Developer Challenge, Google throwing money at the 700MHz wireless spectrum, and a non GPS mobile phone locater using Google Maps. We also saw Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, give Android a laurel and hearty handshake upon entering "Microsoft's world."

There will be no shortage of coverage of Google's Android project in the coming months leading up to the official release of the Google OS-equipped smartphones. Hopefully the product lives up to the hype, as the Open Handset Alliance has a tough nut to crack with the competing and completely dominant Apple iPhone.

Still, hype or not, the fact that Android phones will not likely suffer exclusive contracts like the iPhone, along with Google's rabid following will probably help make the project a raging success.




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