I didn’t think I’d be doing another one of these so soon!
Camangi published a new image of its WebStation. Look:
A custom skin over the Android OS. Notice that eBook is in the bottom dock as a primary function.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that Something’s Happening with Android. Here’s more evidence:
Even though the iPhone has a huge head start, we all have to remember that Apple is just one company. Google — so far — hasn’t brought down the hammer on standardizing the UI experience so its hardware partners are free to crank out what looks like impressive devices (at least on paper). One of these is the new OPhone from LG:
That’s a WVGA 800×480 screen! Google Translate won’t work on the Korean press release but Android Guys has a post. Seeing a phone like that makes me wonder how long Apple will stick with 320×480 for the iPhone.
Every day on Twitter a search for Android reveals people broadcasting live video via their Android phones.
Although these haven’t yet turned out to be much more than fun tests, having that capability is impressive. As far as I know, iPhone owners can only view UStream, not create it.
Here’s another indictment against Apple driving people to Android: Lengthy Review of Apple iPhone, Slow Pay, Stirs Up iPhone Developer Rebellion.
I don’t mean to turn this post into an Apple vs. Android contest, but this is what I’m seeing happening out there in the real world. So are others: How Unofficial Android App Stores Will Kill Apple’s iTunes App Store.
iPhone has a huge head start, but everyone needs to remember there are some people who will never buy an iPhone, for whatever reasons:
That madman Charbax of ArchosFans has posted a new video demonstrating the Full Google Experience hacked into the Archos 5 Internet Tablet:
What’s interesting is that in the video notes he says Android 2.0 should be available for the Archos sometime in December! Go read the entire post at his site.
Android Manager for Windows looks very interesting:
More and more Android phone managers are popping up by developers, but there is still no word about any official Android manager from Google that will be compatible with all Android phones.
Android Manager is a an application for managing devices with Android OS. It will be complete solution for Android management with user friendly interface.
There’s also one for the Droid.
Here is something to really think about: What are Google’s real motivations behind Chrome OS?. I need to do a separate post some time about Chrome OS and Android “converging.” But for now, look at this:
Google needs to ensure that the web and everything people use to access the web stays as open as possible. If closed ecosystems dominated by unfriendly companies, such as Apple (and its iPhone), and Microsoft (with Windows desktop and mobile) gain power, Google won’t have unfettered access to the end-user. To do challenge them, Google needs to reduce switching costs and make users indifferent about which computing devices they use by commodifying them. The Chrome OS plan is to entice users to move as much data as possible into the “cloud”, making the data and apps transparently follow the user onto whatever device he or she happens to be using.
Finally, here are some links for future reference for those considering the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, the Camangi WebStation, upcoming Dell Streak — or one from the flood of Android mini-tablets that will be unveiled at CES 2010 next month:
Slide Me — another Android marketplace