Has Google’s Android already failed?

“I’m starting to get seriously worried about the fate of Android, the open-source smartphone OS that was supposed to bring democracy, uniformity, and competition to the mobile world. Instead, it’s just bringing a lot of vaporware,” Sascha Segan writes for PC Magazine.

“Android was supposed to appear on dozens of different devices from a bunch of different manufacturers. It was supposed to be more flexible than RIM’s BlackBerry OS, more widely available than Apple’s OS X, and less expensive than Microsoft’s Windows Mobile,” Segan writes.

“But the Android pipeline seems terminally clogged. Six months after T-Mobile released the G1, there’s a grand total of one more Android phone available: the HTC Magic, which looks like a G1 with the keyboard snapped off. That’s not about to burn up the marketplace,” Segan writes.

“Android’s proponents, including Google CEO Eric Schmidt, now seem to be turning their attention to netbooks. Android on netbooks will be a giant stink bomb, because the OS combines the unfamiliarity of Linux with a total lack of desktop-class productivity applications,” Segan writes.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

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