Google introduces "Android"

by Warren Frey

After a ridiculous amount of speculation about the mythical Gphone, Google has finally announced they will in fact be offering not a handset but a mobile, open-source operating system dubbed "Android". Android was developed in conjunction with members of the Open Handset Alliance, and will be available for any phone manufacturer to install and use. It lets Google apps migrate to mobile phones, and runs off a combination of Linux and Java. Android enabled phones are expected for late 2008.There's no word yet of whether Canadian wireless carriers will be involved in this initiative, but given that Canada doesn't even (legally) have the iPhone yet and our data rates are higher than those of many developing countries, expect to wait a while before seeing any progress on that front.

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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more

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