Consumers interested in buying phones based on the Android open source operating system may feel some hesitation with the emerging rumors of a Google phone. Such a phone would likely provide a more fully integrated user experience, similar to Apple's iPhone. Ultimately, this could hurt sales of the Motorola Droid, HTC Eris and other Android devices based on hardware from manufacturers and software from Google and application developers. EWEEK looks at the buyer's dilemma here.
Many of you by now have read about the rumored
Google phone, that Google Android operating system-based and
Google-branded smartphone to beat other Android smartphones, and maybe even
TechCrunch and other blogs are seemingly trying to will
, or at least some sort of VOIP device
, into existence.
I don't claim to have new information about said Google
phone. I'll have to wait and see like everyone else, though it is fun to write
about. Unfortunately, the wait and see could hurt other Android phone makers.
I'm speaking on a personal level here.
I've long been interested in buying an Android phone and
both the Motorola Droid and the HTC Eris from Verizon Wireless. I liked
both, but am partial to the Droid. I was all set to buy one, but now I'm not so
sure. Blame the Google Phone rumors and the sound logic of BroadPoint AmTech
analyst Mark McKechnie.
In this report I covered
last week, McKechnie said a Google smartphone made by one vendor would
be preferable to current Android devices such as the Droid, Eris or myTouch 3G.
Why is that? Well, McKechnie eschews the so-called
"kludge" model of current devices that plunk, say, Android's
operating system and applications on hardware from Motorola or HTC for
integrated phones such as the iPhone, or the Palm Pre or RIM Blackberry
gadgets: "We much prefer the seamless integration style of Apple,"
As a consumer hungry for more information to help me make
a purchasing decision, I extended that logic to the Google Phone, which is
supposed to be an integrated device in the iPhone vein. McKechnie wrote:
"A key aspect of the iPhone's ability to provide a great
user experience is the integration between the hardware and the software
running on the device. While all of the Android devices currently on the market
offer some level of integration with Google services (mostly search, maps,
etc.), we believe GOOG envisions a much tighter level of integration with all
of its current as well as upcoming services for mobile computing."
After reading that why as a consumer would I want to buy
a Droid when Google could be developing a device that would be Google's
definitive answer to the iPhone?