Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Forbes - Google Phone Not Ready For Prime Time

Forbes.com's Elizabeth Woyke from this weeks Mobile World Congress. Google Phone: Not Ready For Prime Time:
Though this year's show had been widely seen as the global launching pad for the Internet giant's mobile developer platform, Android, the few handset prototypes on display from chipmakers ARM, Qualcomm (nasdaq: QCOM - news - people ) and Texas Instruments (nyse: TXN - news - people ) lack sophistication.

ARM's model resembles a plain, clunky smart phone. Qualcomm's is an ungainly mélange of circuit boards and screens. TI's boasts a large screen full of square icons for one-click access to messaging, videos, lists and maps. All are somewhat speculative test models, however, as Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) hasn't yet released specifications for Android phones. Nevertheless, a Google representative at the show confirmed that Android handsets will hit the market in the second half of the year as planned.
Perhaps Google should hire Apple's Jonathan Ive - designer of the iPod, iPhone, etc.

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