Reaction to Google’s Android Is Positive, Cautious

November 16th, 2007 - 9:11 pm ICT by admin  

By most accounts, the success of the new Android mobile platform will depend on how well it is received by the open-source community. Android was launched recently by a Google-led alliance, and positive reactions — as well as some cautionary notes — are now appearing.

Last week, the Open Handset Alliance unveiled Android, a software stack with a Linux-based operating system, middleware, and some initial applications, such as a browser.

Besides Google, the Alliance’s members include T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola, and others. This week, Google announced a $10 million competition for the best Android applications.

Although full specs for the platform will not become available until Android-based phones begin appearing in the second half of next year, observers are weighing in.

Security Concerns, User Interface

Serdar Yegulalp, writing in Information Week, wrote on Wednesday that he had a “hard time not jumping up and down with glee” when he first saw the user interface implemented in a Google-made video on YouTube. He said he wondered if other interfaces that use Android will be so well designed, particularly at the lower price range.

For Evan Prodromou, a Montreal-based writer and programmer quoted in Computerworld on Wednesday, Android is a “ground-up approach” to application development, while other mobile platforms, such as Windows Mobile, are designed to bring existing applications to mobile devices. Computerworld quoted mobile application designer Sean Moshir as praising Android for allowing mobile devices to send and receive data directly with other devices.

Despite the praise, there are some concerns being voiced as well. Security issues were voiced by Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure, quoted on Thursday by the Register. “If unsigned and unknown applications written by anyone have full access to phone features” in Android devices, he told the publication, “we smell trouble.”

CNNMoney noted that the just-released developer’s kit indicates that the Android-based platform doesn’t yet…

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