Android is becoming increasingly popular among mobile phone makers – probably due to the face that it is an open source project that is simple to modify to a particular handset. Android is full of goodies and the app store alone is reason to buy one, if you are avoiding the all powerful IPhone. Recently T-mobile launched the Pulse and at £179.99 it is (to my knowledge) the cheapest Android phone on a pay-as-you-go plan.
Android isn’t only for phones Archos recently updated its Archos 5 IMT product line to include an Android powered Internet Media Tablet. That’s the best part about Android can be expanded to fit almost any mobile device profile and eventually full fledged PC’s.
Android is here to stay.
Google recently unveiled Maps Navigation Beta a turn by turn based navigation system that basically kicks companies like Tom-Tom in the balls, why? because its Google and its free (Tom-Tom and Garmin both took a huge free fall in the stock market right after the unveiling). It will be available on Android 2 devices by default. It includes all the typical Google Maps features but also a female voice instructing you on your route as well as integrating with satellite and Google Street view it also searches along your route to find Gas stations or truck stops ect. instead of just in the near vicinity. Google knowing that road trips frequently cause you to navigate away from access to the web(cloud) has even built in an auto cache feature which will keep your maps usable till you re-enter service areas. Maps Navigation will also have an new interface and voice recognition options available.
This news comes as the Droid – Motorola’s new Android phone – is first being unboxed and shown. Not to mention the huge hubbub surrounding the Android 2.0 platform. Android is quickly becoming the new standard for mobile devices, with companies like HTC leading the charge.