Yes, Google is planning to take over the world with its Phone operating system, Android! As an experienced embedded technologist, this seems like it will blow up not because they have great technology, but they could market it so crazy.
Wistron NeWeb Corp, a Taiwanese company, was selected as a CES Innovations 2008 Award Honoree for their Wireless Handset technology. Offering a full set of applications for creating and editing documents, email (via pull protocols only), PIM, PC sync and web browsing over GSM as well as WiFi and Bluetooth.
Using Google’s Android and offering built-in 128 MB high capacity memory and a memory card slot supporting up to 2GB for greater storage space, the device has a standard Qwerty Keyboard and features a large 2.5” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT-LCD Display with 262K Colors Touch Screen. The device has software that allows you to take still photos and MPEG4, H.263, and WMA video record and play with the built-in 2M pixels (1600 x 1200) Camera and plays MP3s for music support as well as having voice recording and playback capability.
Looks really cool but is it really any better than my Blackberry or iPhones? Probably not at this point. As cellphone technology is highly competitive, I doubt Google will be able to successively support those phones. Well, in this case, it’s not really a Googlephone since it’s only using Google’s Operating System. But this is probably as close as it gets for now…
FYI, Google’s OS Android is basically a stripped down Linux. (Hail Linux!) That’s one good thing huh?
Android relies on Linux version 2.6 for core system services such as security, memory management, process management, network stack, and driver model. The kernel also acts as an abstraction layer between the hardware and the rest of the software stack.