There is no Google Android delay

There is no Google Android delay

Summary: When Google and its partners in the Open Handset Alliance announced the Android platform last November, they predicted that phones loaded with the software would hit the market in the 2nd half of 2008. So when you read that (*gasp*) Android phones have been "delayed" until the 4th quarter of 2008, keep that in mind.

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When Google and its partners in the Open Handset Alliance announced the Android platform last November, they predicted that phones loaded with the software would hit the market in the 2nd half of 2008. So when you read that (*gasp*) Android phones have been "delayed" until the 4th quarter of 2008, keep that in mind. Last I checked, 4th quarter was still considered part of the 2nd half of the year, folks.

As a consumer waiting for a hot product, one always hopes that "2nd half" means "June 1st", but realistically (and chronologically) that could always have meant as late as December 31st. Sure, it would have been nice for the devices to come out earlier (especially for developers!), but c'est la vie. When you take something as technically complicated as a mobile phone platform and mix in dozens of OEMs, carriers, and software partners all trying to work in tandem, I'd say even December 38th would be fine.

But wait, you ask, what about the phones the WSJ says will be coming out in early 2009? Well what of it? There will be Android phones in early 2009, late 2009, 2010, and so on. Android's compelling value proposition - a single zero-cost open source customizable platform that covers a wide range of hardware from disposables to PDAs - will ensure its longevity for years to come.

Topics: Android, Google, Mobility, Telcos

Ed Burnette

About Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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  • Agree but disagree

    I totally agree with you that Google have not delayed the release of Android (assuming they deliver before 23:59:59 on 31st December 2008), however to state H2 of 2008 and expect delivery on 1st June is a litle harsh given this is still firmly within H1 of 2008, 1st July maybe.

    Seems like a typical case of the media making a story out of nothing, is the tech world really this short of news to report?
    mr.m.foster@...
  • It's Not So Much That

    What it is really about is we all know Google is late on all projects when you consider most of them are in eternal beta stage.

    I mean really, do they have a single product or service that isn't in beta :)
    rkuhn040172@...
  • RE: There is no Google Android. END

    We are talking about existing things, WM, iPhone, BB, but Android is in the labs yet. We have to learn the lessons about technology maturity. I think Android will be in the comsumer market a long time before reach a level of confidence enough for serious applications...Like iPhone but 2 years later.
    cvozzi@...
  • This is all about...

    Google is a dangerous driver for the market. They are putting hurdles for the normal way to do business using only the power of their investors and some earnings of global advertisement. But, I would like to know the net profit on Google Maps, Earth, Mars, Trends, Analytics, all "almost free" applications. You can't play non-comercial when you need genuine funds to offer a high quality service. But, if you play non-comercial and free, you are taking a huge risk. For cover this risks you have to maintain your products in beta stage, nothing better like that. They are very innovative, but I prefer a classic partner to make serious business.
    cvozzi@...
  • RE: There is no Google Android delay

    I laughed at the "reports" of Android being late as well. I've been accused many times of living on 'Indian Time' (yes, I'm part Native American; no, I don't see this as an insult) in that, if I say I'll be there in the morning, you might want to be ready at 10am, but don't be surprised if I show up at 11:59:59! Hey, it's still morning, right? We were told to expect Android in the second half of '08. That's expect, not even a promise. I want it, and I want it now, but I'd prefer it to be right, so I'll be patient. They're not even remotely late (yet).
    hnkelley
  • So What if There's a Delay? :D

    You people are as bad as Gamers waiting for Killzone 2 on the PS3! ....for me and many others, if that's what it takes to get it right, then by all means take the time. Though Microsoft is famous for taking the TIME and Rushing a Product to Market full of Bugs, so what do I know?

    Especially when Special Interests want to avoid a level playing at all costs. That includes the internal hierarchy M$ against a Google of hardware and service providers trying to eek out an imbalance in their favor in the OHA!

    The funny thing is Khronos Group comprised of most every member of OHA and more, has pulled together an incredible array of API's that are fully cross platform and equal, without anyone getting an unfair shake in that department. If they can do that, then under the OPEN arms of Googles of FREE Cash from Google, they should be able to get an incredible Linux Mobile OS UP and Running at some point!!!

    So just hold on to your britches and keep your socks up and it will be here, all in good time!
    i2fun@...