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The latest entrant in the sphere of mobile operating systems in Google’s Android. The OS has been received well by the mobile content development community and has been gaining steady momentum. T-Mobile’s G1 has also received very good reviews and some(including myself) have called it better than Apple’s iPhone.
There are quite a few reasons that are in favour of Google Android. Here are a few:
- Android is open source and free to use and customize. This also makes it more attractive for adoption by a large number of mobile phone vendors.
- There are certain features in-built like cut-n-paste that are still to make their way into the iPhone.
- Android apps are developed using Java that run on a specialized virtual machine. This aspect makes it attractive to a larger pool of developers than the iPhone.
- The Android Market has set policies that would let developers keep a majority share of the revenues earned through it. This is in contrast to Apple’s App Store policies.
- Google has promised to have very little control over the Android Market.
- Coming from Google, Android has the backing of a behemoth and top-notch quality is ensured.
- Being open source, community based development can introduce newer features to this operating system much faster than any other.
- Kyocera joins Android phone bandwagon
- Google Android and Symbian to merge?
- Report: Motorola expanding Android team
- Coders get 70 percent of Android Market revenue
- MySpace’s Android application goes live
- Maverick puts Google Talk on Android G1
- Motorola preps its own Android phone
- Capitalism still alive: EA on Android games
- Google adds Android app for Flickr photos
It’s pretty clear that interest amongst developers and vendors is increasing with respect to Google’s Android. Amongst mobile phone vendors Kyocera, HTC, and Motorola are already on to it. It’s only a matter of time before a lot more follow this trend. If this continues, Android’s appeal would surely surpass that of the iPhone’s.
So is Android the beginning of the end of Apple iPhone’s dominance in the smart phone segment?