First Google Android-based phone delayed; Android losing support?

“HTC’s first phone based on Google’s Android mobile OS has not only been set back but may be part of a greater shift away from the Linux-based platform, says Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry,” MacNN reports.

“The Taiwan-area cellphone maker is not only described as encountering ‘structural problems’ adding features Google wants in the phone as a showcase for Android but is allegedly holding up the launch with demands for a minimum payout that Chowdhry interprets as a lack of confidence in Android’s success,” MacNN reports.

“More concerning may be a shift in developer support, the researcher says. Despite Android’s open-source foundation, Google is reportedly struggling to encourage development of apps and is losing potential candidates to Apple’s recently launched iPhone software development kit as well as [other mobile] offerings,” MacNN reports.

More in the full article here.

In an interview early this year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was said to be “skeptical about Google’s decision to develop smartphone software… ‘Having created a phone its a lot harder than it looks,’ he said. ‘We’ll see how good their software is and we’ll see how consumers like it and how quickly it is adopted.’ In seeking not to get locked out of the mobile phone world, ‘I actually think Google has achieved their goal without Android, and I now think Android hurts them more than it helps them. It’s just going to divide them and people who want to be their partners.'” – The New York Times, January 15, 2008

37 Comments

  1. Macintosh,

    Actually, Google’s Android is trying to be an “open source” iPhone OS, but they’re failing miserably and Apple hasn’t even filed their patent infringement lawsuits, yet.

  2. NOOOOO! I’ve been looking forward to the Google Android based phones being released.

    When the phones are out, I’m sure they will get more attention from developers.

    The iPhone was out for a full year before it had the App store. Makes you wonder if the app store was released when the first iPhone came out, if the App store would have been as popular with developers as it is now.

    It will take time with Android to get a foot into the market, but it will eventually become one of the main platforms out there ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. I think Google made a huge mistake by screwing their developers. Google publicly released a very buggy alpha to get developers on board, then ran/is running a secret beta program for only a few developers selected by Google. When one of Google’s developers accidentally sent a message about a newer version to a public list instead of just to a private list, Google’s response to question about the new version was “we’re sorry you found out about it. you can’t have it. we have nothing to say about when you might get a newer version.”

    And people are complaining about Apple still covering their SDK with an NDA… I would say Google is acting significantly worse in the developer relations department!

  4. If google wants their open source android to succeed they need to invest in a company or invent themselves a truly revolutionary hardware component for a cell phone/mobile device. Perhaps a foldable screen or whatever. And license that technology to different manufacturers in a way that Apple won’t have access to. So the android software would work hand in hand with this new hardware component.
    That would make it attractive for handset makers I think

  5. I’ve never understood how Android is going to work. All the people who will develop the software have completely different goals than the people sell the hardware and the people who run the telcos.

    Is ATT going to let HTC sell a phone that can be tethered to the internet without ATT’s permission, for example?

    Is Verizon going to allow users to latch onto a different service than V-cast?

    If Linux still can’t compete in the PC space after a decade where there are no constraints on power, battery life, screen size, video processing, weight, memory, harddrive space, etc. how the heck is Android ever going to cut it unless someone like Sony adopts it and pumps a few billion dollars into the development?

  6. Personally, I think Google should stick to hosting a search engine – unless it starts to make its own hardware. I also think Google is more than a little deluded if it imagines its name will give it some automatic ‘cool’ cachet. The company’s overall attitude is beginning to wear a bit thin, and I believe Steve nailed the whole issue on the head in his comments.

    People who try too hard are usually the opposite of anything remotely cool, remember.

  7. Both companies (Apple and Google) are still relatively new to the market, I hope that BOTH do well. I’m sure the innovations that occur from the developers working on Android will cross pollenate the iPhone platform. It’s a totally new age and these are the first platforms of the new convergence mobile devices. Of course, Google is taking the road the Microsoft took and will have a harder time dealing with the multitude of devices that may take advantage of their OS. For general purpose devices, time has shown that it is better to have the OS and the hardware made by the same company so that the user experience is the highest concern and developers can help each other so that the whole community is happy.

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