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Google kicks off the Open Handset Alliance
November 5, 2007, 2:16 pm
Filed under: cellular, Google, Gphone, HTC, Microsoft, mobile, Motorola, Samsung

Google today announced its much anticipated cell phone strategy. Instead of competing with cell phone manufacturers, Google plans to provide the software to run on handsets manufactured by some of the worlds leading cell phone manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, with additional partners anticipated in the future. There will be no Google phone or GPhone, rather, Google with license the software for free to handset manufacturers to encourage them to develop mobile computing and communications platforms that will surpass the Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones that are currently available on the market.

Consumer electronics hype junkies will be disappointed, but may change their mind when the new handsets start rolling out in the second half of next year.

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Sprint’s Touch a Weak Answer to iPhone’s Call
October 18, 2007, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, HTC, mobile, Opera, smartphone, Sprint, Touch

Sprint today launched Touch, the latest addition to its product line. Manufactured by Taiwan’s HTC, the phone has a full touch screen, an mp3 player, and e-mail support, and was touted as an answer to AT&T’s iPhone offering. Some of the phone’s features are very competitive with the iPhone in its first incarnation. The EVDO Rev. 0 network is a substantial advantage for Sprint, but the half Gig of SD storage in the base configuration is uncompetitive with iPhone’s 8 Gig onboard, and Pocket Internet Explorer is not a competitive mobile browser.

Sprint has a competitive product line overall, and Touch will certainly help, but it’s no iPhone.

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PC Mag’s Detailed Review of the Touch