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Google Phone or Android Phone?

Ever since the buzz started with the G1 there has been confusion over the name of the operating system… is it a Google Phone or an Android Handset? Well, it’s both. Sort of. Maybe.

The Open Handset Alliance is a group of companies founded by Google with the aim of opening up the mobile phone operating system marketplace to an open source alternative. The alliance came up with Android – a hardware independant operating system that could be built on, edited, changed and mucked around with by anyone – for the benefit of everyone.

Of course, with Google as a big player, the first glimpses of the OS were secretive and often called a Google phone. T-mobile hasn’t exactly helped the confusion by calling it’s first two HTC made Android phones the G1 and the G2.

But, at the end of the day the OS is called Android… Google just had a hand in setting it all up and giving it a push. This year there are several new Android phones being released and the big phone players are getting involved: Samsung, Motorola and possibly LG (rumours at the moment). Maybe we’ll move onto the possibilities of Android being used in handheld PCs and Netbooks in a later post…

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3 Responses to “Google Phone or Android Phone?”

  1. rich Says:

    All i know is my wife has verizon driod my brother has iphone and without question my htc hero with a 16gb card is simply the best phone on the planet why doesnt htc make more products

  2. Leonard Mitkowski Says:

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  3. htc hero Says:

    Does anybody know which type of video files are supported? I bear in mind the Instinct solely may dl 3gp using opera mini. I downloaded the twist ap, maybe that’s the problem? How can I watch videos from sites apart from youtube? Which file types? Often I am given the option of 3gp or mpeg4. Cannot get either to work. Thank you on your time! Rattling I want I used to be eligible for the upgrade to EVO!

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