[AI] Google's answer to the iPhone is unveiled

Pranav Lal pranav.lal at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 19:18:50 EST 2008

So who is working on a screen reader for this phone?

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Google's answer to the iPhone is unveiled
By Claudine Beaumont, Digital Channel Editor (Daily Telegraph)
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 12/02/2008
The first mobile phone to use highly anticipated software developed by
Google has been unveiled.
ARM, the British chipmaker, demonstrated the unbranded prototype at the
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The phone, tipped to rival Apple's iPhone, runs on Android, a mobile phone
operating system launched by Google last November.
It features an internet browser, map software, multimedia applications, text
messaging, calendar functions and email as well as a phone.
The operating system is backed by an alliance of more than 30 mobile phone
operators, handset makers, software firms and component manufacturers.
ARM's prototype uses Google as its web browser home page, uses Google Mail
as its email application, and Google Maps for navigation.
Companies hope that by developing phones that are easy to use as well as
beautiful to look at, they will be able to hold off the challenge from
Apple, which has sold more than four million iPhone handsets since it
launched last July.
Despite the Android project being at a relatively early stage, the first
Android-based mobile phones are expected to go on sale later this year.
Strategy Analytics, a research firm, has estimated that Android will be
installed on two per cent of smartphones by December.
It is estimated the mobile advertising market could be worth more than £5.5
billion by 2011.
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