No lines form on eve of first Google Android phone launch

“Tuesday marks the long-awaited introduction of the first phone running Google’s Android software, but some experts warn phone users not to get their hopes up too high,” Nancy Gohring reports for IDG News Service in an article headlined, “Android Launch: Don’t Expect IPhone-like Lines.”

“T-Mobile’s launch of the Dream — a phone made by HTC and the first on the market to run Google’s Android software — likely won’t be accompanied by the mad rush that surrounded Apple’s introduction of the iPhone,” Gohring reports.

“‘Any launch short of the iPhone launch is going to seem small, so I think it’s incumbent upon us to recognize that it doesn’t get like that very often,’ said Bill Hughes, an analyst at In Stat,” Gohring reports. “In fact, the hysteria surrounding the iPhone launch is likely never to be replicated in the mobile-phone world, he said.”

“Researchers from Strategy Analytics are predicting that 0.4 million Android phones will sell in the fourth quarter this year,” Gohring reports.

Full article here.

22 Comments

  1. “‘Any launch short of the iPhone launch is going to seem small, so I think it’s incumbent upon us to recognize that it doesn’t get like that very often
    It gets like that everytime Apple launches something new or opens a store!

  2. Don’t count Google out on this. They have grand plans. And even if they can’t match Apple its always good to have competition. Lets face it, Microsoft can’t really be considered competition anymore at least in the mobile market. But if Google can get android into something thriving and healthy its going to force Apple to step up their game.

  3. “Researchers from Strategy Analytics are predicting that 0.4 million Android phones will sell in the fourth quarter this year,” Gohring reports.

    That’s a way of making it sound like a lot of phones. But basically that’s only 400,00 phones in the quarter. Apple sold over a million in three days. There is no comparison.

  4. how would the normal person know what it can do? i have been following it very lightly, and i dont even know what i can do besides a webkit browser…..

    why would any line form when there hasnt even been a formal public announcment, besides a press release if that has even happened.

  5. AFAICT, Android already fails the First Law test.

    For the science-fiction deprived:

    Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics:
    1. A robot may not harm a human being, or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.
    2. A robot must obey all orders from a human being, unless they conflict with the First Law.
    3. A robot must preserve its own existence, except where this conflicts with the First or Second Laws.

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