Standardized form factor?


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  1. socceronly

    socceronly Member This Topic's Starter

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    Along with Android being 'open', what about some standardized form factors?

    Would this help the 3rd party market peripherials?

    I hope Google, with the Nexy, keeps the form factor so that the Nexy 2 will be the same. That way we get more, and possibly more interesting devices from 3rd parties.

    Not sure if form factor is the right term to use.
     

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    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

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    I'm not understanding what your talking about. If it is form factor, why?

    Variety is good.
     
  3. grainysand

    grainysand Well-Known Member

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    No go. Google's already said that the next Nexus will have an "enterprise" version, ala with a keyboard.
     
  4. socceronly

    socceronly Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well let's say you want to make a gaming pad for android phone(s)....

    If there were some standards then a product like that could fit multiple phones, or the same phone one generation after another.

    Yes there will be a nexus one with a keyboard. But will the future generations of those phones be completely different in shape ect... so that products you buy for one would carry over allowing 3rd parties to invest in creating such things.
     
  5. BORIStheBLADE

    BORIStheBLADE Well-Known Member

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    Why not just make a Blue tooth game pad. I'm sure it would be a better option that can be used on an android phone ??

    Me.. I would rather game on a big tv..
     
  6. socceronly

    socceronly Member This Topic's Starter

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    It's not about gaming, just an example.

    There just won't be an array of intereting add ons if the phones are changing every six months.
     
  7. Opivyattack

    Opivyattack Well-Known Member

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    Isn't the different form factors one of the things that is so beautiful about android? There are many things that I hate about Apple but one of the ones super high on my list is that there is only one model, a model which I'm really tired of personally. Sure you can get 8 or 16 or 32 GB or whatever but everything else is exactly the same.. who wants that? Before you know it, it's going to come down to make all the screens the same, same on screen keyboard, same sms program, same browser, and on and on. That's already available on the Apple product line..

    More variety the better IMO.
     
  8. BORIStheBLADE

    BORIStheBLADE Well-Known Member

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    I think starting by using one OS version across the board would help, but at the rate things are going you won't be able to standardize anything the way you want.
     
  9. socceronly

    socceronly Member This Topic's Starter

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    I am not saying all the phones should be the same, and we should have one... variety is fantastic.

    What I am curious about is having some stability within a line of phones.

    Droid 1 -> Droid 2 -> Droid 3 ect..

    Nexus One -> Nexus Two ....

    Upgrade the guts, but allow you to still use camera add ons, battery extenders, game pads, ect... who knows... from one generation to the next.

    Most importantly it allows people to invest in the development of those products.

    Maybe it doesn't matter cause you will just plunk the phone down on whatever and it will connect to it by wireless.

    Anyway it was just a thought.
     
  10. Opivyattack

    Opivyattack Well-Known Member

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    Interesting thought really though. The only issue that I would have is that they might have an issue making each model better than the next that way. For example, I would be pretty excited about the Droid 2 if they resolved the keyboard issue.
     
  11. load97

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    I'm one for it. Kind of how Apple does it with the iphone.
     
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    BORIStheBLADE Well-Known Member

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    OK I see now. Yes it would be nice, but they want us to spend money on new stuff so...
     
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    The only place I think some standards may come in handy would be screen sizes. Have a few set sizes so devs know what they are working with. After that nothing else really matters too much.
     
  14. socceronly

    socceronly Member This Topic's Starter

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    LOL.

    I was trying to say that, without saying that.
     

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