Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New Version of Android


One of the more odd developments to come out of Barcelona was the varied stages of Android development shown by Google's chipset partners. TI was showing a small form-factor handset running a functional, though limited, Android OS while NEC and Qualcomm had development boards running their versions. The user interface was different but I had assumed that they were just different versions offered in the original SDK.

Well, mystery solved. It looks as though Qualcomm and NEC were actually giving sneak peaks of the next version of the Android OS. Here is a screenshot of Android running on the MSM7201a from Qualcomm.

It looks like the Android is still on schedule to have the first handsets out on the market by late '08 or early '09. HTC is the most likely suspect to win first to market bragging rights.

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