Android OS 0.9 Beta running on a simulator


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    what you'll notice is the widget based homescreen with the GUI fully handled by Linux. widgets can be shuffled, expanded, and moved around the three-wide homescreen "desktop". the browser is based on Mozilla and will feature pane style browsing for a multiple window experience.

    no going 2 or 3 menus deep to recall a background app. all apps will be pushed to the info bar and be recalled by dragging the bar down. menus are tab driven and icons can be dragged to the desktop as desired for widget/shortcut use.

    as you can see by the button layout, this OS is pretty much hardware neutral much like most linux builds. with a relatively limited range of mobile hardware in use that can support a linux OS (pretty much all current smartphones), driver support will not be of much concern in adapting the OS to cover a wide range of devices. Intel StrongARM, Ti, and Samsung processors will be supported right off the bat as well as the Marvel processor in the HTC Dream001.

    so yes, you'll probably be able to port this OS directly to some of the big handsets coming out right now: Touch Diamond/Victor/Pro, Sony X1 Xperia, Samsung Omnia, Blackberry Bold, etc. simply based on the fact that their hardware is already supported to some degree at this point by way of processors, memory, interface controls, and required minimum button layout. it also bodes well for T-Mobile's desire to create a single, open application interface among devices... this can be accomplished with the current JavaMicro solution, which Android supports, or simply deploy Android across their whole range of smartphone products and/or make it available as an upgrade for buyers who want access to the fullest range of compatible apps.

    realize T-Mobile is requiring a $35/mo data package with each Dream phone, which may also be required on all future Android based phones. i know, no one likes to be forced into data packs, but realize for one, if you cant afford it, you simply just cant and people need to confront that. why? because, as you can see, with gmail accounts being necessary to manage part of the phone's contact management and email, and the tight integration of google's gears underpinning, data will be necessary for this phone to work beyond calls and texting.
     
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