The two heavyweight contenders are headed for the ring. Online search-engine giant
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has created a cellular-phone operating system called Android that is currently available in
They believe it is the rival of all the
other leading smartphones
currently on the market -- including
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Pro or Centro or any of the BlackBerry
In this weekly series, I review the head-to-head battle of products while my colleague Scott Moritz handles the equity.
Back to the tale of the tape:
Google's Android mobile operating system
has appeared on just one handset
so far. Don't get me wrong, I like T-Mobile's G-1 (also known as the HTC Dream in other countries). But despite all the rumors circulating in the industry, the only other Android-based device actually announced (by the U.K.'s
) is another HTC phone just like the G-1, except there's no slide-out keyboard. Could this be the rumored G-2 coming soon from T-Mobile?
The only other Android device I saw last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, was a non-working mock-up of a device from China's
. It was in a display behind thick glass. They weren't crazy about me taking video of it or answering questions about it.
The G-1 is a terrific smartphone. Not perfect, but terrific in its own right. The touchscreen works, the 3G is fast (it runs on T-Mobile's new network) and the Android App Store is catching up to Apple's in terms of numbers and quality of downloadable software.