There’s a lot of buzz going in the internet about the so-called “Gphone” since late December 2006. Google is yet to reveal a true Google phone. For now, we get the Android platformwhich is part of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) that was announced yesterday.
What is Android? From what I know so far, it is an OS, middleware and key mobile applications. In other words, it’s a software stack. It’s open source. It’s based from Linux kernel. It should be able to optimize and maximize the potential of the mobile phone’s hardware resources. There’s an SDK to be released so users (more or less developers) can customize the phone in different ways they can imagine. It will enable the phone to access the web. It can combine information from the web with the individual’s mobile phone to create relevant user experience. Android can also provide access to many libraries and tools that can be used to develop rich applications such as a P2P social application on your phone.
Now that you have a platform, partner that with a stunning touch-sensitive mobile phone and you’ve got a true iPhone competitor. Way to go Google. I’m not a fan of Apple iPhone so Android is definitely welcome. It’s just disappointing that after all the hype, news and raves about Google finally releasing the “Gphone,” that we only get to see the tip of the iceberg. If Android becomes a success, and if the Open Handset Alliance lives up to its expectation, I’ll buy it.
I think what’s more exciting is how many enthusiasts will create application for OHA, and will OHA create a new revolution in cellphone industry much like how Linux competed with Microsoft in desktops and servers? Only time will tell.