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With the growing popularity of the iPhone and related applications, how do you think Android and Android applications will perform in the market
against iPhone and its applications?
In my workplace (IT company), either by peer pressure or the massive iPhone advertising, I would estimate that 80% of my colleagues own an iPhone. Just about everyone on my office floor has one (roughly 120 people). Can you highlight why someone should purchase the G1 with Android rather than the iPhone with its large set of applications?
iPhone is a killer device - easy to use and people love them. My 5 year old son can run around the house and take pictures with it.
That said, Android is a different animal. As a mobile phone platform, it can (we'll see how well over time) scale up and down from the HTC "smartphone" hardware and to "flip phones" with of course less h/w gadgets/memory/etc. If it can really run down on those devices, they are going to enjoy tremendous sales.
I think Android has life beyond a mobile phone - but more as an appliance OS. Linux is on many "appliances" but one often needs to connect to it via a browser to configure. I think Android could fit nicely as the OS for a printer, for example. I have an Epson Artisan 800, which is a very cool device. It has a pretty intuitive UI. I have no idea what processor is in it, but running Android for that kind of application makes a lot of sense to me. It would be "easy" to share pictures, etc.
Joined: Feb 11, 2009
Here is an article about Android on netbooks and back again.