Android to be unveiled Monday?

Android to be unveiled Monday?

Summary: The whole Google Phone thing has been floating around for way too long -- but finally, in my opinion anyway, we are seeing non-fiction reports coming from some of the larger news sites. Stories are cropping up about what is known as Android -- a super secret mobile offering created by Andy Rubin that was snapped up by Google in 2005.

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The whole Google Phone thing has been floating around for way too long -- but finally, in my opinion anyway, we are seeing non-fiction reports coming from some of the larger news sites. Stories are cropping up about what is known as Android -- a super secret mobile offering created by Andy Rubin that was snapped up by Google in 2005.

The upcoming announcement will likely involve a smart-phone operating system that may be open source, and free to license. Google is making friends with all sorts of companies these days, so maybe they have been working hard on striking up partnerships with handset makers and carriers too?

Word of the pending Google news had reached JumpTap, a competitor to Google in the mobile ads space that is not included in the announcement.

"I'm not sure if it's an industry-supported event or a Google trap" to get developers to write to Google software, said Dan Olschwang, chief executive of JumpTap. "If it is really open source and the mobile-phone manufacturers will adopt it, it will be a major industry-changing event." -- CNET News

When will this major announcement happen? Well, Google is expected to have a press conference Monday to announce their plans. I wonder if it will live up to the hype, or be something totally underwhelming like a deal that lets Google pre-install mobile applications somewhere. Only time will tell -- we'll see what happens on Monday!

Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware, Smartphones

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  • Thanks for the Heads Up

    http://www.news.com/8301-13579_3-9810358-37.html is worth review. In the phone market Java is king and multi-processors have made that so. Android likely involves a streamlined Linux based operating system and Java as well as WiMax and the developer tools.

    In related news over the week end, these illegal cell phone jammers can not be allowed even in prisons. Think of a school being like a prison. That is how the state of Alaska views them - well visa versa anyway. In any case, a stalker gets a jammer, and does harm to the victim who disparately is dialing 911 on the cell phone. The importation of such devices into the USA is an act of terrorism.

    Think also of the poor fellow stopped by police for not having license tabs who is cuffed and being processed at the jail house but can not use his/her cell phone to call his work, family or friends for advice. When you use the prison phone it is a collect call starting with a notice something like "this call is from Thurstan County Jail on behalf of poor sap who has his cell phone blocked". Regardless of guilt a punishment is therefore implemented. If the fellow is calling to tell his boss he will be late for work, great harm is possible.
    mighetto
  • Exciting

    Indeed a opensource platform could greatly change the handheld device ecosystem if the Android platform really takes off. If a good selection of applications becomes available for the Android and there is a good selection of devices running Android you can count me in as a Android consumer. :)

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach
  • Gargle

    I think Google should buy Garmin GPS and the new endeavor should be called "Gargle."

    Rather catchy, I think.
    constantgeographer