Android Prototype Unveiled; More to Come Next Year
The first-ever major prototype of Google’s new Android mobile operating system was unveiled this week in Barcelona, Spain, at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress.
CNET reported that phone processor core developer ARM was the first to unveil such a phone with Android software. The phone, which resembled a BlackBerry or Motorola Q, was black, with a QWERTY keyboard and square screen, and worked not much differently than most smartphones. The source of excitement at the conference, however, was how much Google’s move will simplify the phone-making process.
To that end, two giants of the mobile hardware world made it official that they will unveil Android phones in the next year. Samsung announced, also at the Mobile World event, that it hopes to introduce such a phone “by early next year,” Reuters reported Monday, while LG said Tuesday that it plans to do the same, either later this year or early in 2009.