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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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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.

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