The Wall Street Journal says Google’s open platform, Android, won’t arrive on handsets until the fourth quarter. But Om Malik and Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet say it’s the carriers that have delayed Google’s Android launch.
- T-Mobile is sucking all the oxygen out of the room with its demands for proprietary advantages in the phone it will launch in the fourth quarter.
- Sprint can’t decide whether to launch the phone on its own network or the WiMax system it’s building with Clearwire and Google.
- China Mobile won’t launch without full Chinese character support.
- No one else can build applications because Google has to keep changing the design for the carriers.
The Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies, is developing Android, an open and free mobile platform.
In related news:
- Nokia, the world’s leading handset manufacturer, has announced its intention to acquire LBS web app Plazes. Berlin-based Plazes will provide Nokia with a social mapping property for Ovi, its new web portal.
- Openmoko, the competing open-source platform, expects their latest, FreeRunner, will ship tomorrow and may clear customs by the first of July.