- While the announcement is all about “Phone”. Google is actually trying to creating the “ubiquitous mobile computing platform“. Lofty goal I’d say.
- Mobile Designers and Developers will have one more OS to deal with – and that’s not necessary a good thing. Have to download yet another SDK and making sure yet another emulator running correctly on your dev system is not fun.
- Fragmentation of the whole Mobile User Experience continues for the consumers. Android is not going to fix that.
- Android is clearly a part of Google’s 700MHz strategy (in the US). First real Android (hardware) will be out by 2nd half of 2008, and 6 months later (2009) just in time where we’ll see 700MHz goes live. Perfect timing as far as Google is concern.
- Google did not demo any prototype, yet. That means “things are not ready” in the most literal sense.
- General consumers expectations and hype are WAY high, and that’s a bad thing for Google. Android better live up to the hype.
- It takes years for S60, Windows Mobile, RIM etc. to get to where they are at as far as their market standing is concern. It will take at least a few years for us to find out if GPhone will be successful. Apple is not a good reference point of comparison since they worked on the first gen. iPhone for 2.5 years and have both the hardware and software controlled tightly. Android is a very different animal.
- Motorola, LG, and Samsung of the world are not likely to switch their entire platfrom to the Android. If Google’s lucky, they might get a major manufacturer to produce 5 handset types for the year, and that trickle down to, say, 2-3 Android enabled handset from your friendly local carrier. Not to mention, the carriers are tier 2 or tier 3 players (in the US). I don’t see “iPhone Phenomenon” on Day One.
Extra Credit Reading: Gizmodo’s Analysis by Wilson Rothman. Nice quote, “Why will Android succeed where Symbian, Palm OS and Windows Mobile have failed?”. I don’t think those OSses totally failed but it’s certainly something interesting to watch.