Posted May 29, 2009 12:34 pm by with 8 comments

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g1 phoneGoogle claims we can expect to see at least 18 phones with the Android operating system by year’s end, possibly 20. Which phone carriers they will be on has yet to be determined, according to the New York Times. Currently T-Mobile’s G1 and a phone available in Europe called “Magic” by HTC are the only phones that give Google credit for using their Android OS.

If the Android phones can be released sooner rather than later, it should provide some interesting competition for the summer phone war against the iPhone and Blackberry, among others. The applications available for the Android will play a major factor in consumer’s buying decisions.

This is where there is still some confusion regarding the Android OS. According to the Times, there are three types of Android platforms. Each places different requirements on the handset manufacturers and wireless carriers. The Times broke each of these types out, here is a short summary of them:

  1. Obligation Free—Popular Google applications cannot be preloaded on the OS, but device manufacturers are allowed to provide access to as many or as few applications as they wish. This type is free for device manufactures to use.
  2. Small Strings—This version encompasses everything above, but manufactures sign a distribution agreement with Google. Google expects 12 to 14 of the 18 phones released this year to use this version.
  3. The Google Experience—The actual Google logo appears on these phones, and include a variety of Google applications that cannot be removed by the handset maker or carrier. Additionally, the Android market must remain censor-free. This means that no matter how horrible/distasteful a application available to some users may be, they cannot restrict access to it. Five or six phones are expected to be released with this version.

Are you thinking of switching to a phone with the Android OS?

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  • Brennan

    I know many people who had the old G1 and they switched over/back to a blackberry within about a month. The first phone was pretty poorly planned and I think they may have to overcome that with some pretty good deals to get people back using them. Google needs to switch back to the old Google where everything they touch is gold instead of the new Google trying to monopolize everything.

  • Online Universities

    Thats too fast, 18 phones by the year end. Needs to seen how the application works. I hope quantity doesn't score over quality.

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  • PSP Go

    18 in a year is overkill in my opinion. The OS is good, but by making a load of phones wont get you a load of customers, would only give more to choose from. Saying that, no many people would be able to afford these phone in the current climate anyway, so to me abit of a weird strategy by google

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  • blued888

    That’s too many. The public hasn’t fully accepted the Android OS as of yet. They might be making a gamble by releasing that many handsets. They’re probably going to get the help of the wireless carriers to shove it (Android) towards the subscribers.

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