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LEAKED: First Google Android Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 18.12.07 - 15:29:57 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 23110x
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Not a Windows Mobile device, the Android prototype photo Gizmodo just received looks quite similar to a Windows Mobile device (mostly like the HTC S620) which is no wonder since HTC is part of Google's recently announced Open Handset Alliance.
According to Gizmodo's anonymous tipster, the OS (and device) - in its early form - is light and fast, much faster than the desktop emulator at times. And as a longtime programmer, he thinks it's a lot more put together than Window Mobile on the back side of things.

No question, the device above is a prototype for developing purpose only and things will obviously change but if Android wants to gain some market share (in the consumer segment - as HTC mentioned earlier too) it needs some more mass-market compatible hardware.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Google Suckz on 18.12.07 - 15:40:13

Eheheh big_smile A Windows Mobile copycat! tongue

Posted by MarkAndroidHTCnoone on 04.01.08 - 04:42:32

Will Android be something one can download and over-right their current Smartphone OS, like this HTC S620/Dash? That would be pretty cool if one could breathe new life into an older phone/device.

Posted by Arne Hess on 04.01.08 - 13:04:16

I don't think you will be able to download it to run it on any of the current hardware. While I'm quite sure, it could/would run on the current hardware, and I'm even more confident, HTC is using current hardware to test the platform, in addition to design new, Android specific hardware, I don't think HTC will release the ROM packs as an available download for consumers.
Maybe we will see sooner or later ports from other devices, similar to the Linux port projects we have seen in the past for iPAQs but this is another story.

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