Saturday, January 3, 2009

Android run on notebook

IT LOOKS LIKE GOOGLE is doing some work to make its Android operating system work on netbooks.

Matthäus Krzykowski and Daniel Hartmann who run an outfit called Mobile-facts claim that it took them just four hours to compile Android so that it works on a Asus EEEPC 1000H. They have been showing off their half-day's work here.

They reason that if Google, armed with its Chrome browser, went for the netbook market, it could make a fortune and end up fighting Microsoft's shy and retiring Steve Ballmer in his own back yard.

Ballmer has repeatedly dismissed Android as competition to Windows Mobile, but what about damaging it in an area where Microsoft has not got total control yet?

While Windows has appeared on netbooks it has mainly been Windows XP, something that Steve would rather was dead and buried. The only problem is that netbooks don't have the hardware to cope with Vista or what will become Windows 7. This has left the way open for Linux to fill the gap.

However, while Linux is getting more user friendly, it is unable to shake off the 'geek's friend' image that it has. So if Google could shove a shoe between the door with Android it could be set to make huge wodges of cash.

Krzykowski and Hartmann claim Google could get an Android netbook to market in three months, depending on the partners they would have to form alliances with.

They are fairly sure that Intel is one Google partner working on the adoption of Android to a notebookm platform.

Since mass production of the netbooks would be possible between three to nine months, they think that a mass-market netbook will be in the shops late 2009 or 2010.

But what Google has to have to make the cunning plan do-able is having all the software that a notebook user might want ready. The search engine outfit has really left the development of some of the important software to third parties.

For Android to work in netbook land it needs to have a dedicated set of office tools. While Google Docs is a start, it does not work with lots of other software that punters will want. Other things that need to be developed are suitable language options.

But the question is, can Android compete on a better spec when the likes of Windows and Linux are doing quite nicely? Even if Google did come up with a suite of software it would be sold on the same basis as Linux. In other words, it would be free.

But free software is not enough to draw the punters in, otherwise we would all be running Linux. Google has been building up its various support operations as it started rolling out its Google web-based operations to businesses. However, it is still very small and inexperienced in this area, particularly in comparison to Vole.

If Google does pull its finger out there is no doubt it will be a welcome player in the netbook world, but it is likely to face all the problems that both Linux and Microsoft face in that market place. It is therefore unlikely to manage global domination.

Google plans to annex laptop land
By Nick Farrell

How Google Integrates with the Android Phone

What is the Android phone, and how does it integrate with Google?

Google and T-Mobile have teamed up to create a new breed of cell phone, called the T-Mobile G1 Android. Traditionally, an "android" is traditionally defined as a robot with human qualities.

It's known as the T-Mobile G1 Android, the Android Phone, the G1 Phone, or (more informally) the Google Phone.

The G1 Phone integrates fully with your Google accounts. Here are a few of the features and capabilities of this new cell phone:

* An Android phone allows you to browse the Internet just as you would on a normal computer.

* It allows one to run several applications at the same time, on one phone. You can switch between applications, and you can also be notified when something new occurs on one of those applications.

* It allows you to chat and share photos on applications such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, etc.

* It allows you to copy URLs and share them with friends via a chat line, using a simple touch-screen interface.

The following Google applications can be accessed and used directly by the Android Phone:

* Google Maps

* YouTube

* Gmail

* Contacts

* Calendar

* IM (Instant Message)

All of these Google applications will be available to you with a single logon - and they will automatically be synchronized with the web. What that means is that any change you make in one of your google accounts from your phone will also show up the next time you log on from any other computer.

For example, when you are out and about with your phone and you meet a new contact, you might want to save their contact information. All you do is save it into your Google Contacts on your G1 phone. That information will be available to you any time online, in your Gmail account, and in any other applicable Google account, and you can access it through any computer in the world which is connected to the Internet.

Any information you save on your phone in this way will appear on your computer as well - and vice-versa.

If you lose or break your phone, your data will still be there waiting for you on your Google account, which you can access from anywhere in the world. And there is no need to worry about your information being stolen, as its password-protected.

Here is another example of the a use of a Google Android phone. Once you have a contact address saved into your Google account, you can easily find that location on a map - using Google Maps, of course. And what's more, you can access street level events in any area where this is available.

This makes it a breeze to get directions to a new location! Simply find your contact on a a map with a couple of clicks, and use a street-level view to find your way if needed!

Another example of the use of the this phone is the integration of the cell phone with your Google Calendar. Any event you save on your Google Calendar will be available to you on your phone, wherever you are. So you can access your schedule easily, on the go and from anywhere, as long as you have your phone with you.

No more schedule books! And you can say goodbye to those tiny notebooks and pads of paper you carry around so that you can jot down notes and phone numbers.

What's more, once you save information on your Android phone, there's no need to transfer it over after you get home. Its all there, safely stored on your Google account, for ready access whenever you need it.

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