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On the Android announcement - a bullet list

Posted by sean_sheedy on November 6, 2007 at 10:01 AM PST
  • Android has existed for probably about 4 years, created by people who have real handset experience, so a delivery timeframe of 2H08 is not unreasonable. Google acquired Android back in August 2005 and it had already been running for 22 months by then.
  • This old (March 2007) article tells us perhaps more technically than most of the news about the phone that came out in the past day.
  • Given that article's date, and its lack of mention of a lot of other players, and the growing leaks of Gphone news in the press prior to the announcement, the other players in the announcement were probably brought on board shortly after this and probably have been working on this coming on 4-6 months...
  • Sun was noticeably absent but Jonathan Schwartz blogged his full support yesterday and promised full support in NetBeans. This is really great news for Java developers.
  • If you peruse the press releases from the companies in Open Handset Alliance you will find a little more tech info which shows that it's a Java play as far as developers are concerned and quite possibly that Linux will not be exposed to developers (or at least not to anyone but close partners.) Could be wrong about that last part, and this is what we're all dying to see in the Nov 12 release of the SDK.
  • This is underscored by the presence of Esmertec and Aplix who have created the Java ME platforms for a lot of mobile phones.
  • If you look closely at all the companies in the OHA list, and do a little dreaming, you can piece together a vision for a handset with some pretty intense and useful capabilities that will be yet another nail in the coffin of Frankenphones we have to live with today. (I'll provide my definition of Frankenphones later, but the short answer is that it is what you get when product managers are allowed to make major functional and design decisions for handsets.)
  • The presence of Nuance as part of the voice solution suggests that this may provide a stepping stone towards giving the VOIP industry the vision it needs to get out of its saturated but under-realized state. Personal IVRs may be right around the corner. Home phones where you have one line that rings through your whole house and you can't make a call while someone else is on the phone will be as pass

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