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Android 2.0: The iPhone killer at last? Real deal or just hype?

submitted on November 2, 2009 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
Android's chances to unseat the iPhone --> http://www.infoworld.com/d/mob.....2009-10-29

"Backed by heavyweights Google, Motorola, Verizon Wireless, Acer, and other big-name manufacturers, Android could potentially knock the iPhone down a peg. After all, while users love the iPhone, Apple's controlling tendencies have frustrated developers, and its disrespect for business concerns have frustrated IT," according to this article.

So what makes Android 2.0 a plausible competitor? "For starters, this fourth version of the Android OS finally supports Microsoft Exchange, though carriers and device makers are able to turn off that feature if they want. It also supports multiple e-mail accounts in a single inbox. Increased support for HTML 5 technologies -- including database APIs, offline application caching, and geolocation -- also mean that Android 2.0 devices and apps can have the kind of rich functionality the iPhone is known for, in a multi-app context unknown to the iPhone."

The first pair of Verizon Droids shipping this week, the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris, are very different from each other. The former is a high-end smartphone that is a horizontal-slider with a built-in QWERTY thumb keyboard, while the latter is said to be a tablet-style mid-level phone without a keyboard.

The Droid will run on Google's Android 2.0 platform and features a large 3.7-inch, capacitive touchscreen that runs at a hi-res 854 x 480 pixels (WVGA+) with haptic (vibration) feedback. There's been no word on what version of Android will power the Droid Eris, which sports a smaller 3.2-inch and lower-res 480 x 320 (HVGA) touch display.

Both Droids have Wi-Fi, a microSD slot, a 5 megapixel camera, and support for Verizon EV-DO Rev. A. 3G network.

Reportedly, a third Droid model, code-named Calgary from Motorola, is in the works. It's supposed to be a horizontal-slider-with-hidden-keyboard model like the Droid, but with a smaller display that runs at a lower resolution.

Meanwhile, Handmark subsidiary Astraware has been busy rolling out games for the Android platform.
See http://store.handmark.com/p/14.....r-Android/
        

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