Hop-On To Unveil Android Phone at CES '09 (Will It Biodegrade?)

Hop-On » 10/24/08 1:15pm 10/24/08 1:15pm, makers of the first disposable cellphone and other low-end pieces for developing markets, has announced that their Android phone will debut at 2009's CES. Android seems like a perfect fit, with its licensing cost of zero allowing Hop-On to drive their prices even lower. No word on availability or price other…

Download the Android Source Code Right Now

Google and their Open Handset Alliance friends just popped the cork on their big bottle of Android source code-now anyone can grab the guts of the platform at source.android.com » 10/21/08 11:00am 10/21/08 11:00am a day before T-Mobile's G1 is officially out in the wild. This, obviously, is a most important step toward the that everyone is banking on…

Android Dream Will Cost $199, Get Low-Price Data Plan and Google…

Putting it firmly in a price point to compete with the iPhone, the Android-running HTC Dream will cost $199, according to the Wall Street Journal. The smartphone will also get an "aggressively priced" data plan from T-Mobile and receive some heavy Google branding. It'll be interesting to see whether Google's open… » 9/18/08 12:36am 9/18/08 12:36am

Android Shown Up and Running on Japanese Phone Prototype

Japanese cellphone company Willcom has shown the new Android phone OS up and running on phone hardware (although a reference board and not an actual phone), demonstrating multitasking functionality such as answering a call while browsing Google Maps. Can you feel the excitement?! Android isn't going to be all that… » 12/11/07 10:25am 12/11/07 10:25am

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

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

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…

Why Verizon and AT&T Didn't Join the Open Handset Alliance (Yet)

Following the Open Handset Alliance getting official, we noted the conspicuous absence of the US's two biggest wireless carriers, and dissected some of the reasons T-Mobile and Sprint were onboard but they weren't. According to the WSJ, Verizon's still mulling joining up, while AT&T "in part because it exclusively… » 11/06/07 1:30am 11/06/07 1:30am