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Android coming in the next couple months?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
11 years ago3,088 views

theregister.co.uk/2008/08/13/g ...

"TmoNews says that you won't be able to use the G1 without a Google Gmail account. We plan to boycott the phone for that reason alone."

...i'm really really really really hoping that's because gmail will be merging with grandcentral to manage all contacts....but i doubt it :(

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

TmoNews entry:
tmonews.com/2008/08/android-ma ...

speculation about September

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I doubt that you won't be able to use the phone without a Gmail account. After all, it's a phone and phones don't require email accounts. Maybe some features require logging in using a Google account, but this is not unusual.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> After all, it's a phone and phones don't require email accounts.

Phones don't require Apple IDs either but that doesn't stop the iPhone from requiring it.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Tony, do you have a first generation iPhone or the new 3G model?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Colin, it's the iPhone 3G.

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

If true, I'd be really interested to know how they plan to enforce something like that on such an open environment.

Seems more likely that for some of the 'cool' applications you need a Gmail login.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I can't see them forcing Google accounts on the many phone companies that want to use the new OS. Apple doesn't force all of its 3rd party developers to use Itunes account login credentials.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

And this is an answer to Android developers signing a petition:

groups.google.com/group/androi ...

"We appreciate the enthusiasm of our developers and we're excited that
you're so passionate about the Android platform. Thanks for taking the
time to send this.

Take care,
David"

Any information how is the person behind name David?

Source:
itworld.com/development/54251/ ...

The petition of about 250 persons: anddev.org/petition/

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> this is an answer to Android developers signing a petition...

It's not an "answer", it's an "acknowledgement of receipt".

According to the TmoNews entry, the screen is 5 inches by 3 inches. That's either an error (more likely it's 5cm by 3cm), but if it's true then it's an internet tablet rather than a pocket phone.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I really hope Google isn't actually requiring gmail. I'll settle for requiring a Google account through OpenID, and only for special features! :P

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

T-Mobile USA to Carry Google's New Mobile Phone, NYT Reports:
bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20 ...

and
nytimes.com/2008/08/15/technol ...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

+ Show video



It's a blurry video but the phone doesn't look all that great. Reminds me of a sidekick.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

And no Bluetooth:
'Bluetooth will be missing from Google Android'
infoworld.com/archives/emailPr ...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

It's also going to be smaller than the iPhone 3G:
engadget.com/2008/08/25/fcc-ou ...

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