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Google's Android: It's not just for phones

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| Bruggeman declined to share specifics about which Internet-connected devices
| might employ the operating system, but he did mention TVs and set-top boxes
| as well as cars. And he was confident some will arrive next year.
| "I don't want to pre-announce any design wins," he said. "I think you'll see
| them in 2009. I would be shocked if you didn't."


It's part of a broader plan, just like Chrome. They keep a poker face.



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| Until Chrome came along, Google's Master Mobile Plan didn't quite add up. Now
| it does. Chrome -- Google's new superbrowser -- is cream on the top of a new
| mobile software stack. Let's call it GACL, for Gears, Android and Chrome on
| Linux. Gears is a way to run Web apps on desktops and store data locally as
| well as in the cloud. Android is a development framework for Linux-based
| mobile devices. Chrome is a browser, but not just for pages. Chrome also runs
| apps. In that respect, it's more than the UI-inside-a-window that all
| browsers have become. It's essentially an operating system.


Is Android Google's Ticket into the Enterprise?

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| Google Inc.'s Android project could be the start of a much larger enterprise
| strategy, according to one industry analyst. But before the search engine
| giant can threaten Microsoft's enterprise supremacy, most observers of
| wireless industry efforts agree that the company's open source OS platform
| will need to regain support from its development community.


Five Reasons to Be Super Psyched About Android (and Five Not to Be)

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| 1. It's open! The single best thing about Android is that's a modern mobile
| phone OS that's also almost completely open, unlike some other locked down
| mobile OSes. (There are a few restrictions in accessing the hardware for
| security reasons.) It's based on Linux, and once Google has released Android,
| most of it will be totally open source, so it'll be incredibly easy to dive
| into its guts and mess around, which will help build a robust developer
| community, along with all of the other benefits of using open software. Most
| of its other awesome traits grow out of its openness, actually.


What to Expect from Google Android (And What We're Hoping For)

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| A lot of hopes and open-source dreams are riding on a plucky little phone
| platform called Android, and its public debut on a real-live phone happens
| Tuesday. Those of us at Lifehacker HQ who didn't spring for an iPhone, and
| even some who did, are eager to see how it performs and, more importantly,
| what kind of useful apps will soon appear for the open Android. That's not to
| say we (and many other bloggers) don't have our reservations and lingering
| questions. We've put together a guide to get you up to speed on the Android
| platform and the first phone that runs it, along with what we expect, or just
| hope, to see in Android's very near future.


Top-secret Android handset surfaces on YouTube

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| Defying Google's pathologically closed approach to its open mobile platform,
| someone has posted video of a top-secret Android phone to YouTube.
| The video's a bit blurry. And even if it wasn't, it wouldn't tell you much.
| But if you want a glimpse of the current Android SDK, this is the only way to
| get it. For more than five months, in a display of perverse cruelty, Google
| has hidden SDK updates from all but a select few mobile developers.

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