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ON: Google’s Mobile Flight

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September 24, 2008
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Google is the verb for Search - but can it's new mobile system break the mold in the US that the carriers have created? Or will it have to adapt to a US market where the carriers are the gateway to the consumers?

Check out these reports from the BBC.

T-Mobile will be the first US carrier to launch it here in the US.  However, T-Mobile subscriber base is smaller than other carriers in the US. 
Another strike against Android is that T-Mobile's high-speed wireless network isn't as extensive as AT&T's. (and as an AT&T and T-mobile user in the US neither network compares to their counterparts in Japan and the UK whose networks are far faster and less complex to develop for) 

So while the sales will not reach the scale of the iPhone in its first year according to business week, this could be yet another OS or mobile platform to add to the competitive set when looking at mobile devices. 

Do you think Google is likely to give the Microsoft Mobile OS a run for its money?  Or is this an iPhone killer?

ON: Google’s Mobile Flight via @jpenabickley
Tagged: Android · Apple's iPhone · G1 · Google · Google Android · HTC · t-mobile · T-Mobile USA
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G1 : building a platform vs providing a solution
When you build a platform you invite innovation. When you provide a solution you support the product itself.Consider: The one glaring hole in iPhone functionality life is turn-by-turn directions. There is not (to date) any consensus as to why turn…
Judging by the first impressions of the device, and the typical hamstringing we can expect from carriers, I’d say neither. It lacks the elegance of the iPhone, and however much we may wish for a truly unlocked devices, it’ll still be under the thumb of cell phone companies here. For example, you can only get it from T-Mobile.
Elsewhere in the worl… Read Mored, who knows? But I think the design has to be *better than* iPhone (or at least substantially cheaper) for it to succeed in other countries.

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