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The gPhone…zzz. I’m guessing that this will matter a lot more in places where people prefer phones to desktop/laptop computers, but I think that most Americans just don’t give a damn about smart phones.
I just want to go back to having a cheap LG phone. At this point I’m ready to drop $25 on something that just works right and send my RAZR to the bottom of the Potomac.
Until there's a seamless blend from phone to web and the cost point makes sense, I'm NOT on board. But until then, I agree with James. The call for and necessity of a smart phone isn't here (at least not in America!)
Get rid of the Cartels that control the data, then start developing open source software/hardware.
>send my RAZR to the bottom of the Potomac.
The call for and necessity of a smart phone isn’t here (at least not in America!)
You obvisouly don't live in San Francisco. :)
The release of the Google OS (not a Google phone or gPhone, which I doubt exists) isn't about the need to for smart phones over PCs, rather a reaction to a very large demand for open source technologies, and to accommodate for everyone's growing needs in mobility. The release of their OS is probably going to open some major doors for a wide range of users (not just tech heads, businessmen or tweens) and may ultimately help thrust the US into the forefront of mobile technologies (yes, it is lacking here).
I disagree that the necessity for a "smart phone" doesn't exist. Most people think of Windows Mobile or Palm when speaking of "smart phones" and in my opinion, these is where the problem lies -- these are both pretty awful experiences and inappropriate for much of the market. The sheer amount of media attention that the mobile industry is receiving right now, tells me that people are ready to move forward and integrate more complex devices (not difficult or over-saturated with features) into their lifestyles.
Zara is right -- there is no such thing as a google phone / gphone. Google simply released open source software today, it's an OS for cell phones. (google advertising can hook into it, of course)
I don't think Google released anything - it was more of an announcement than a release.
Amazing how google has us talking about nothing, huh? They truly have an impressive presence in American culture.