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Google expects big things from Android in 2009

Google and many consumers and analysts had high expectations for the open source Android operating system when it launched on the T-Mobile G1 about six months ago. However, the operating system and the device got off to a shaky start and so far, there are still relatively few Android devices on the market.

Android is finally finding its footing in the market and Google predicts that this will be a big year for the operating system. T-Mobile announced this week that since the G1 launched six months ago the handset has now sold a million units. The G1 debuted in October 2008 and has had several updates to add functionality and fix bugs in the operating system.

DailyTech reported in early April 2009 that T-Mobile is planning to move more of its smartphones over to the Android OS and other reports show that T-Mobile also plans to release a home phone running the Android OS.

Android is also being eyed by some computer makers to move outside the smartphone realm and into the netbook market. HP announced in early April 2009 that it was considering using the Android operating system on netbooks. However, the computer giant also pointed out that it was considering many options and the decision had not yet been made on Androids HP future.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "There are announcements happening between now and the end of the year that are quite significant from operators and new hardware partners in the Android space, which I won't preannounce except to say that they really do fulfill much of the vision that we laid out more than a year ago. On the netbook side, there are a number of people who have actually taken Android and ported it over to netbook or netbook-similar devices."

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Well, I would like one...
By Zshazz on 4/24/2009 11:05:44 PM , Rating: 3
I want one of the Google phones... they look pretty cool, and fun to program for...

I'm just waiting for Verizon to get one, and I'll be pulling the trigger :D

RE: Well, I would like one...
By realist on 4/24/2009 11:29:37 PM , Rating: 2
I had it for about a month heres my take,

Pros: Nice apps, great quality.

Cons: Bulky, battery drains like anything.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By Goty on 4/24/2009 11:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
So it's just like linux on any other platform, eh? Bad power management?

RE: Well, I would like one...
By sprockkets on 4/25/2009 4:17:29 PM , Rating: 1
Why? Any Linux machine can do cpu freq scaling and ACPI just fine. In fact, old processors like VIA's were able to be scaled, while on Windows any such control or mention of it was non-existent.

XP though will drain a laptop less than Linux, and for whatever reason OSX beats just about everyone, probably because Vista has so much crap going on in the background, whether your profile is mobile or not.

By Mojo the Monkey on 5/5/2009 4:35:48 PM , Rating: 2
Regarding your battery concern, its really not that bad. After you use the phone for a week or 2, the battery life is just fine. I imagine this is a combination of letting the OS calibrate itself to the battery, as well as not wanting to run the 3g/wifi/bluetooth at full bore all day long while you're excited about it. Regarding the battery, I used to think it sucked, but then I decided to let it run all the way down. it was under 20% for half the uptime. After the next charge, the battery indicator showed a much more reasonable drain.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By Chadder007 on 4/24/2009 11:36:39 PM , Rating: 3
Verizon keeps dropping the ball here lately on these phones.
They pass on the iPhone.
They get RIM to release a half a$$ed attempt at a touch phone.
They have so far passed up Android phones.
And now Sprint is getting the Palm Pre....

RE: Well, I would like one...
By msomeoneelsez on 4/25/2009 12:35:29 AM , Rating: 4
But Verizon can hear you now.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By quiksilvr on 4/25/2009 3:09:08 AM , Rating: 2
I really hate that guy! >:(

RE: Well, I would like one...
By 67STANG on 4/27/2009 1:45:40 AM , Rating: 2
Audio is kind of fuzzy, but another YouTube classic on the Verizon guy:

(btw- don't play this at work without headphones)

RE: Well, I would like one...
By comc49 on 4/25/2009 3:49:03 AM , Rating: 2
why does no one talk about samsung omnia??

RE: Well, I would like one...
By theapparition on 4/25/2009 9:01:28 AM , Rating: 2
Because that's a WinMobile phone, and as everyone knows, WinMobile is soooooo uncool, even if it has a larger marketshare (ok so RIM is larger), and is just as functional as those "other" phones.

Windows is just the 900lb gorilla that some like to hate. The Omnia is pretty slick, but they should have included internal storage for it's stylus.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By tdawg on 4/25/2009 12:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
I tried using one of these when my friend had it and it was a pain in the ass to do certain things beyond the samsung front. The big problem is WM6.1 is not designed for touch without a stylus, so the overall ease of use is lower than the iphone, g1, and storm, in my opinion. I liked typing on the omnia with it's haptic feedback, but trying to scroll webpages and click links and such is very difficult without the stylus.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By noirsoft on 4/25/2009 4:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
My HTC Fuze does finger scrolling in every app, so I'm not sure what problem you had. Yes, clicking links is a bit awkward if you are zoomed out, but the 4-way can be used to select links as well.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By zinfamous on 4/25/2009 11:47:13 AM , Rating: 3
since moving to the Bay Area, my Verizon service works for shit. can barely get a signal in my home.

My current 2-year contract is up in August, and I will likely be moving back to T-Mobile, which was my first wireless provider. They gave me twice the minutes for 5 bucks less than Verizon's cheapest functional contract.

May be looking into an Android.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By AEvangel on 4/29/2009 8:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
I have one they are nice and the G2 is coming out soon if you don't want a keyboard, but a full touch screen. Their is only two things imho that I dislike, battery life and no 3.2 headphone jack, but they are set to release stereo Bluetooth soon as an update and their is an app you can DL for like 99 cents that helps out a ton on the batter issue.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By atlmann10 on 4/25/2009 1:10:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yes I to have been hoping Verizon would get a G1 Smartphone. I have dealt with Tmobile in the past and had a mark on my credit for signing one of there "no contract" deals until very recently. I paid a considerable pre-deposit when I got the service, the service of course absolutely sucked and so I canceled in about 3 weeks. Then they said I owed them an early cancellation on my "no contract" deal. So I won't use there service because of coverage, and my experience with there dealings as a carrier. SO I now use Verizon and wish they would get a G1 (hopefully the G2 or better)rolling so I could upgrade to one.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By zinfamous on 4/25/2009 11:51:04 AM , Rating: 3
haha, your experience is the exact opposite as mine, though I never really had any disputes with Verizon (almost 4 years; T-Mobile: 2 years).

problem now is that Verizon service is non-existent where I live. T-Mobile was a better value and I never had issues with them, so I'm likely switching back.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By Jedi2155 on 4/25/2009 1:52:59 AM , Rating: 2
I have two, the first one broke out of my stupidity, but I loved it so much that I got another.

RE: Well, I would like one...
By blueboy09 on 4/26/2009 2:43:43 AM , Rating: 2
Won't happen, IMO. These phones are too open-software for Verizon to touch. Frankly I have an Omnia from Verizon and I was actually suprised that they didn't disable the Wi-Fi for the phone, b/c Verizon is so notorious for having closed phones. - BLUEBOY

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