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Android for Business(Kinda)

Discussion in 'Application Development' started by techobsessive, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. techobsessive

    techobsessive Well-Known Member
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    Jul 14, 2009
    So i was looking online the other day, when i came upon some images of the original android prototype http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/ne/p/2008/android_prototype_550x385.jpg
    And i started thinking, why dont we see android devices like this? So then i came to the conclusion that android as we know it today (1.6 and the likes)
    would not function to well on a screen that size, and a device like that. It would take too long to navigate through, using a D-Pad, or a trackball.
    Then the thought came "wasnt android created for all devices?" And the answer is Yes, yes it was.
    So after a bunch of thinking, i thought that android was not really that great for a business user. If you were to give a Business person, a G1 for say, (only because it has the keyboard) they would not want to use it as a business device (personal maybe?). But if we were to take the early builds of android, build them up to speed, and update some major points, not the interface, who, other than me, think that it would be useful to a business person? or some one who wants a "light" version of android? Personally, i love simple things, and i love the early builds of android.

    I guess, what im trying to say is that android lost some of its early potential that we saw back when it was on prototype device. Does anyone else think that a "light" version of android would be useful?
    I know i prob typed in random but thats the way i think, and i really hate this keyboard im using so i wanted to type it quick.
    So thanks for the imput. if any

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  2. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    As a business person, I am so glad that we finally have options better than those little dinky screens. Don't even get me started on trying to type email on a phone keyboard with letters sharing the same button.

    I loved my Pocket PC when I first got it. The connection to email without having to carry my laptop around to all my meetings was great!

    But the browser was bad - very bad. Only the most basic of web pages could be rendered. I spoke with Microsoft reps at Tech Ed asking when they were going to make the browser at least good enough to use outlook web access. Their take on it - you had Pocket Outlook, so you don't need a good browser.

    Back at that time, it wasn't so big a deal so perhaps they were right; however, the world has changed since the days of the Pocket PC. Pocket devices with browsers that can render javascript coupled with screen sizes that are large enough to actually read on make it so I can be a lot more productive.

    I know the general consensus is that phones like Android are consumer - not business. I disagree completely. I think they have progressed for business, where phones like WinMo and BlackBerry stagnated and are now playing catch up.

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