Everyone is assuming that Android will primarily be a consumer platform, but I don’t think Google is that short sighted. I suspect they will want to compete on every level with the likes of Microsoft and RIM, 2 of the larger mobile business platforms in use today. I found a great article on Computer World written by Michael Gartenberg outlining some of the challenges Google faces in this arena. You can read the full article here. He also made an interesting point that while Google is backing Android you may not see their applications on every Android handset. “Google will offer a suite of mobile applications for Android, but it won’t require that the apps be used. In theory, you could see Android handsets with Yahoo Mail and Live Search, but no Google services at all.” A risky move indeed, but in order to call Android “open” it would have been unfair to attach mandatory tools to it. Stay tuned to Android Guys for all the latest Android news.
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