Google Android Phones Buzz this

Posted by Prasada Martala Nov 3, 2009


After missing the opportunity to team up with Apple on iPhone more than 2 years ago, Verizon is betting big this time with the introduction of a slew of phones running on Google's Android platform.

Motorola's Droid (available on Nov 06) is the first touch-screen smartphone to use Google's Android version 2.0. Droid's features include sync to Exchange right out of the box so that you can check your work emails and download contacts and calendar. It also syncs your contacts with Facebook. Droid has a 5-megapixel camera with built in flash. Like other Android based phones, it can run multiple programs at once. The Google maps application in Droid can turn the smartphone into a GPS device providing turn-by-turn directions.

However, compared to iPhone, Droid's OS and look-and-feel is not refined. It does not support true multi-touch and it's application foot print is not as big as that of iPhone. Android's inability to use more than 256MB of apps is another drawback. But, better wireless coverage from Verizon and positive reviews by technology critics would make this smartphone a top shopping item for people looking for a mobile this holiday season.

According to Google, 18 mobile phones will be using Android platform by the end of 2009. Below is a partial list of phones available in North America:

Phone

Android Version
HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1)
1.0
HTC Magic (T-Mobile myTouch 3G)
1.5
HTC Hero (T-Mobile G2 Touch)
1.5
HTC Click
1.6
Samsung Galaxy
1.5
Samsung Moment
1.5
Motorola CLIQ
1.6
Motorola Heron
2.0
Motorola Droid
2.0
Sony Ericsson Xperia
1.6



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