Google Software to be used in T-Mobile Home Devices
T-Mobile is planning an assertive push deep into the home with a number of communications devices which will use Google’s new Android operating software that already runs one of its phones. T-Mobile plans to sell a home telephone in the new year and shortly after a pill PC, both running Android, according to secret documents acquired from one of the firm’s partners. The telephone will plug into a docking station and come with another device that handles info synchronization as it recharges the telephone’s battery. A T-Mobile spokesman, Peter Dobrow, did not want to debate the specifics of any future products but confirmed that T-Mobile had plans for many devices based primarily on Android. Last Aug, T-Mobile, the state’s fourth-largest wireless carrier after ATT, Verizon and Run , was the 1st carrier to sell a phone, the G1, based primarily on the Android software, an operating system that handles the basic functions for mobile devices.
Google maintains some control over Android, though the software is open-source, meaning other firms can change it to suit their needs. But up to this point, only the T-Mobile telephone, manufactured by the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, uses the software.
Android competes with operating systems manufactured by Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and others. The vision for the operating system has stretched to cover a good range of mobile devices, including PCs.
T-Mobile’s use of Android to advance its ambitions also shows just how blurry the line has become between telephones and PCs. Its tablet-size phone device resembles a little computer without a keyboard and has a seven-inch touch-sensitive screen. It might handle basic computing roles like checking the weather or handling info across a selection of devices in the home.
“All of the carriers are going to be supporting these mobile Web devices that range between computers to smartphones,” recounted Greg Sterling, a researcher with Opus Research, which monitors the mobile industry. For instance, Samsung committed last week to ship a number of Android-based telephones this year, with T-Mobile and Run certain to offer the devices in the US. In addition, Motorola is anticipated to sell a telephone running Android by October, according to industry researchers. HTC has asserted it intended to make other Google telephones. Smaller corporations have grabbed on Android too. As an example, a start-up called Touch Revolution, based in San Francisco, uses the software to run a desk telephone with a seven-inch screen.
The Executive of Touch Revolution, Mark Hamblin, worked on making Apple’s touch-screen technology for the iPhone. He revealed that home telephones with sophisticated software could offer folk functions that go past what today’s phones do. For instance, the organization’s telephones will have lots of the functions of PCs. Some will have bigger screens, which makes them handy for showing recipes and a family calendar. “If you put this in a central location in the house, it’ll get a lot of use,” Mr Hamblin expounded.
T-Mobile stocks in this grand vision of more classy devices in the home. Verizon, with its new Center telephone, and ATT, with its HomeManager, sell similar products that combine the delivery of info and telephone calls on a computerlike appliance.
“This is their try to keep people interested in landline services,” Mr Sterling, the researcher, expounded. ATT presented a trial program last week in which it’ll sell little, low cost PCs known as netbooks for just $50 to folks signing long term contracts for its wireless info services.