Developers lined up at a conference held recently in San Francisco to view Google’s latest endeavor using it’s Android software hooked up to a mobile phone. In the last six weeks alone, over 150,000 developers have signed on to the project. The enthusiasm over the new device has driven some to say that the device is even better than they expected. Over at the San Jose Mercury News, they interviewed attendees at the confernce who stated:
The unveiling of the first “gPhone” was one of several announcements that underscored Google’s determination to compete head to head with Microsoft as the focus of computing shifts from networked PCs to mobile devices and giant corporate data centers all linked together by common Internet protocols. “The Web is the dominant platform of our time,” Vic Gundotra, a vice president of engineering, told a crowd of more than 3,000 developers. “It belongs to you, it belongs to me, and working together we can move it forward.” Gundotra’s power-to-the-people pitch resonated with techies who said they paid $400 to attend the two-day conference to learn how to integrate Google’s software technologies, from mobile phone software to data-center short cuts, into their businesses.
“I like Google because they are really upfront about what they have to offer,” said Jeff Schnepple, a 21-year-old who co-founded Allrentals.com, a real-estate listing service, in Chico last year. Schnepple said he already uses many of Google’s productivity applications, such as Gmail and the Google calendar, to run his business. He was hoping to learn more about the software behind Google maps at the conference.
In addition the FCC is mulling around whether to open some of the bandwidth that has been sold to free access. If this does happen, and the gPhone continues as expected, this could mean a huge change in our future on how we use a mobile device.
What do you think? Do you believe a gPhone may be in your future plans?