Verizon’s Motorola Droid will be the very first phone to operate with the new operating system with T-Mobile, Sprint, and Nextel to surely follow by the end of the holiday season. None of the latter cellular networks have announced which of their phones will boast the Android 2.0. We can only hope that Google will eventually dominate the cellular market with their superior phones.
The primary reaction to the Droid on the Verizon Wireless has been overwhelmingly spectacular, thanks in part to the brand new Android 2.0 operating system. The updated version offers several enhancements to the previous open-source OS. What sets apart 2.0 from 1.0 is the new OS can support their apps such as Google Maps with updated voice command, turn-by-turn directions. This is just as good if not better than buying a GPS device.
Texters will also find the brand new Qwerty keyboard absolutely irresistible as it allows for you to hit the right keys and type almost twice as fast as other feeble phones. The navigation has been promoted to an one touch address bar, making searching through your phone and surfing the web much more appealing. Now the Android can also handle bookmarks as thumbnails as well as double-tap zoom. Another favorite with Android users is its GPS like mechanism which is powered by you voice. It has never been easier to find your way around an unknown city until now.
One of the major updates to Android now permits the incorporation of several e-mail and social-networking accounts directly into the phone's contact list. This is significant because now the calendar and the contact information can be synced with Microsoft Exchange as well as your email accounts and Facebook. Businessmen and women will definitely love this feature because they can sync their work e-mail directly with their phones. The text addicts on the other hand will love the new search integrated into SMS. Now it is possible to find a specific text message with ease without having to rummage through every message in your phone. The Android can also boast about its upgraded digital camera features as it now includes zoom, flash, scene mode, color effects, balance and macro and micro focus.
Even though Google added more than a few updates to Android 1.0, they still managed to pull off a browser that works twice as hard to go twice as fast. Although it seems as if Google may have produce perfection, it is still up to the carriers to decide whether or not they will allow for a market controlled by Google. One thing for sure is that whoever switches first with also be the last one standing.
T-Mobile will be the first to offer four Google Android just in time for the holidays. The T-Mobile G1 went on sale in October 2008 and the T-Mobile myTouch 3G launched this past summer and both have Android 2.0 compatibility. The myTouch is currently priced at $149.99. T-Mobile will add onto these two with the Motorola Cliq on November 2, and the Samsung Mobile Phone Behold II which you can bet to see on shelves before Christmas. Remember to get yours ahead of time because they will go fast. Lightning fast. Google fast.
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