Android

Google pulls Bluetooth API support from Android

The development team behind Android has been forced to pull support for Bluetooth and Google Talk as it struggles to make the platform commercially available before year end. With the release of Android platform 1.0 on the horizon, Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) have warned that some APIs will not make it into […]

Android almost ready for commercial debut

The Android software platform, which is Google’s big mobile bet, inched a step closer to commercial reality on Monday, as developers unveiled a beta SDK. The Open Handset Alliance, which is tasked with developing the platform, has lifted the curtain on Android 0.9 SDK beta, which should give some indication of the commercial readiness of […]

Android rumours abound

The rumour mill is churning out plenty of speculation about the Open Handset Alliance’s Android platform this week, with some pundits suggesting a September 17 arrival for the first device. It is thought that T-Mobile will be the first stockist of a device sporting the open Linux-based platform developed in part by Google. Taiwanese handset […]

Google demos new Android features

Web giant Google stepped up its push into the mobile space this week, showing off new features on its Android mobile phone platform. At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the company gave a brief flash of the mobile platform’s newest capabilities, showing how development is going over half a year since Android […]

DoCoMo working on Android handset

Leading Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed that it is working with Google on Android-based handsets for the Japanese market. At a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, the Japanese giant announced a partnership agreement with the web firm to deliver search services, mobile advertising and potential i-mode applications to DoCoMo’s customers. There was […]

Android debuts on HTC device

Mobile Linux shop a la Mobile has unveiled what looks to be the industry’s first demonstration of fully fledged applications based on Google’s Android platform. The apps were running on HTC’s ageing Qtek 9090 smartphone and a la Mobile demonstrated a web browser, phone dialer, audio player, maps, camera, games, calendar, contacts manager, calculator, tasks […]

Hackers get Google’s Android to run on hardware

The first handsets to use Google’s Linux-based Android platform are not expected until the second half of this year, but several enterprising hackers have already got the OS running on a handful of devices. When the Software Development Kit (SDK) was released in November, it did not offer support for hardware platforms, but featured a […]

First app appears on Android

Wireless security developer SMobile Systems claims to have created one of the first applications for Google’s Android mobile operating system. SMobile has made a mobile security offering, called SecurityShield, featuring antivirus, anti spam and firewall protection available on the platform. Although Android is based on Linux, which is widely seen as a more secure operating […]

Can Android succeed?

Well this week was certainly less eventful, and much of the blogosphere continued its analysis of the fallout from some of the previous week’s news. Naturally, much attention is still being lavished on Google’s Android platform, with Francis Sideco, senior analyst for wireless communication, at analyst iSuppli wondering whether Google’s foray into mobile phones can […]

This is Android

As promised, the Google fronted Open Handset Alliance lifted the curtain on the Android platform on Monday, with the release of its Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK will allow developers to start creating applications for the Android platform, as well as give them the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the development process. Android is […]

Androids, iPhones and WiMAX

It’s been an eventful week in the wild world of telecoms. Google set the pace on Monday with the launch of Android and the Open Handset Alliance, which has been met with mixed reception: Bill Weinberg, general manager of the LiPS Forum, is a bit mixed up about the whole thing, mainly because he wears […]

Jury out on Android; Linux knitting circle nonplussed

The activation of Google’s Android and the formation of the Open Handset Alliance earlier this week has raised more questions than answers, and nowhere more so than within the mobile Linux ‘knitting circle’ itself. On Monday, Google and the newly formed Open Handset Alliance promised great things. The Android platform is described as a fully […]

LiMo opens door to Open Handset Alliance

Mobile Linux movement, the LiMo Foundation, has welcomed the launch of the Open Handset Alliance and Google’s Android initiative. But given that both groups share a number of key members, the news is hardly surprising. A handful of telecom powerhouses banded together in January of this year to form the mobile Linux collective. Motorola, NTT […]

Nokia still friends with Google after Android incident

The world’s leading handset vendor has extended a warm welcome to the newest member of the mobile handset operating system family, Android, and its accompanying alliance of Linux-loving supporters. Despite being noticeably absent from the lineup of the Open Handset Alliance, inaugurated on Monday, Nokia told telecoms.com that its and Google’s strategies are not that […]

Google phone is legion; Android to take on Symbian

Web giant Google has shown its hand, revealing plans for an all out assault on the mobile handset space using a “software stack” comprising an operating system, middleware, user interface and applications. And troubled handset vendor Motorola is throwing its chips in with the services specialist, as one of the founding members of the Open […]

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