Earlier this week, T-Mobile announced the launch of its G-1, Google powered phone.
Google’s new mobile operating system, Android, provides you with yet another option as you look for mobile solutions for your personal life or business. Between the BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone, Palm and Symbian operating systems you have several good choices, all however, with similar functionality.
It really boils down to which device is best for you regarding the software itself and the hardware (form factor) of the phone.
Right now, from my quick analysis the Android market is mainly filled with consumer tools but as in the cast of the iPhone I would expect developers to create more business applications as time goes on.
RIM, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Google are going to be in a “battle” as it were for developers to write for their respective platforms. Some developers will develop for all four platforms, but others might begin to lean toward and specialize toward one particular platform.
The iPhone market, for example, is VERY powerful and right now the hottest thing on the market. However, with T-Mobile’s G1, and as more carriers sell their cell phones with the G1 operating system, Google’s Android powered cell phone could grow in popularity.
For those of us still using our phones for only Microsoft Outlook synchronizations the mobile device you use might not be that critical. For those, however, using their phone as a PC replacement and as a critical part of their, the phone (hardware), the operating system and the wireless carrier are very important.
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