Verizon Hugs Google, Says Android Is Key to Open Networks

In a breaking BusinessWeek story, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam says that it will support Android, Google's new platform for phones and mobile devices, making Verizon a member of sorts in the Open Handset Alliance. While this seems to be the logical conclusion to Verizon's weeklong openness bender, McAdam claims… » 12/04/07 9:32am 12/04/07 9:32am

System Fonts for Android Look Clean and Google-y

Font talk isn't exactly stimulating (unless you're scary weird), but it's worth giving the fonts Ascender's developed for Android's system UI a close look since you'll be looking closely at them in Android's app menus, web browser and other texty situations. Overall, they seem pretty clean with a nice smoothness to… » 11/13/07 3:30am 11/13/07 3:30am

Android UI Video Demo Shows off Multitouch, Google Maps, Quake

Google's Sergei Brin and Steve Horowitz show off multiple prototypes of the Android platform, one of which has a Palm smartphone form factor and one that has a higher-end, HTC Windows Mobile form factor. The former shows off text messaging and Google maps (which looks pretty great, btw), and the latter shows off 3G… » 11/12/07 1:47pm 11/12/07 1:47pm

What Android's SDK Reveals: Games, Apps and Four New Smartphone Layouts

As promised, the Open Handset Alliance and Google have launched the Android SDK, and a very quick glance inside shows the plan for four different smartphone configurations, very close to the design aesthetic we'd expect with HTC on board. There are also a bunch of sample images depicting a warm, friendly—I might add,… » 11/12/07 12:05pm 11/12/07 12:05pm

Is the HTC Omni the Google Android 'Dream' Phone?

The possible gPhone prototype we pointed out yesterday named the "Dream" might just be this HTC Omni communicator. The first reason is that HTC's actually seen and commented on the internal Google prototype, even going so far as to consider developing a real version of the reference design. Unwired View matches up the… » 11/06/07 2:45pm 11/06/07 2:45pm

Symbian Boss Calls Android Just "Another Linux Platform"

Symbian CEO Nigel Clifford just told reporters at a conference that the Android phone OS presented by Google and the Open Handset Alliance is "another Linux platform." » 11/06/07 10:54am 11/06/07 10:54am

He also said that while openness is good, "There is no such thing as free software." There's a hint of defensiveness here, in that despite Symbian's…

Analysis: Google's Android Phone and the Four Carriers

Click to viewThe opening volley of official announcements from Google and the Open Handset Alliance bring good news for people sick of the carrier choke hold. Of course, it's easy to spot who gets an Android device first: T-Mobile and Sprint. And it's easy to understand why underdogs like them would be the first two… » 11/05/07 5:15pm 11/05/07 5:15pm

Google Uses Adorable Children to Push Android and OHA

Google is going after our hearts as well as our minds with their Android interface and Open Handset Alliance. Just take a look at this adorable video they just released, featuring kids talking about what they want in a cellphone. I actually agree with a lot of it; I'd love my phone to make me cookies and to make… » 11/05/07 11:40am 11/05/07 11:40am