Google Android 2.3, based on the SDK
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nothing special here -- I don't understand why they persist with that dorky green robot icon -- it may be open source but don't they have one real graphic designer amongst the makers ?? besides, 'Android' refers to a robot in a humanoid form, which is clearly not the case for the green garbage can.
I have the HTC Desire. I hope they will retain or give option to have the original style clock and the circular panel of buttons down at the bottom. Otherwise apart from the improvements, I will look for an addin to bring it back to what I have like Froyo. Agreed though it is space wasted at the bottom on the home screen if one was to push that point but I do like the circular 3D look as opposed to just having square 3D panels, it seems too simple a look and going backwards in design. We don't want a phone that looks plain as the Windows 7 look on a phone - maybe great in functionality but the interface looks like a childs play thing...
Android "rocks." Your list would be well served by doing a ranking across carriers; since your top 12 products work "vendor dependent." If there was a wish list, it isn't the platform but a request that applications like contacts, phone, and other essentials work in the same "modes" as the phone. HTC incredible, lovely device, but if you take a hands-free-speaker call in landscape mode the keyboard and features are all in portrait. A request that applications on a flexible platform themselves, be flexible. dw
What does the qwerty keyboard look like? No way am I going back to the number keypad to input characters.
I think Tech Republic is behind in the Android Arena as Gingerbread has been in the XDA and other Phone forums for a couple of weeks now. 2.3 custom ROMs will be available soon and we are anticipating a Honeycomb leak hopefully sooner than later.
Thanx for the screenshots, but I'm a bit more interested in how it performs, what phones will get it, will it drain the battery, etc.
All I see appear to be cosmetic like changes that a third party app may be able to replicate. Any change in performance? Does this version of Android let Google Voice really not use cell minutes? In my opinion, the Android already is the "iphone killer", and I hope that Google continues to innovate. Now if the other apps for the Android can get their act together, like Skype getting their SkypeIn number to work with the cell and to be able to use your Skype out plan without buring up your cell minutes. Why is that so hush-hush?
Looks pretty cool, I am sure that this is the iPhone killer. Getting one of these for work pretty soon.
What is up with everyone looking for an iPhone Killer? Let?s get real. Apple and the iPhone are here to stay. Google / Android is never going to Kill iPhone. Android provides a strong alternative to the iPhone; certain people will gravitate to one or the other depending on their needs. I for one have NO interest in iAnything but I strongly feel Android will fare much better if the goal is to satisfy needs, rather than "Kill the iPhone".
The media likes to call things X-killer and so many people buy into it. "Smartphone alternative" just isn't as catchy I guess. Let's all try to get along. :)
I think that should be the aim of OpenSource in general. Not to kill anything but simply satisfy needs and allow for extreme creativity whether in form or function. Solve problems, and build tools to provide solutions. Human beings should take care of the rest as has been shown by its progress up to now.
It's nice to hear about the official SDK with Gingerbread. But we need to see how it fares with its close competitor mobile devices.