Google's Android Gets Smart
The Linux-based platform developed by startup Android, which Google acquired in 2005, comprises an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. It also includes an HTML Web browser. Handsets and services based on the platform are expected to be available in the second half of 2008.
The Google Android software development kit has been available since November. Developers that Unstrung spoke to at the CTIA show last week, however, suggested that many of the major announcements of Android-related code will be made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain next month.
Nonetheless, Google is making the mobile news so far in a week that could be dominated by Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Macworld in San Francisco.
Speaking of which -- the search giant has also just updated its iPhone software. The interface is now configured so that updates to a user's iGoogle homepage also transfer to the same screen on the iPhone.
The Mac-o-sphere, meanwhile, is ablaze with speculation that Apple will launch an ultramobile -- or tablet-style -- computer at Macworld. This could be a logical extension of the computer firm's work with touch-screen interfaces. Ultramobiles, however, haven't generally proved to be top sellers over the past couple of years: Witness the short and sorry life of the Palm Inc. Foleo as evidence. (See Palm Cans Foleo.)
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung