Google Android-Based Handset Prototype
The sweetest part of the Dream is the Android Market — Google's answer to the Apple App Store. Whereas many Apple apps cost money (typically anywhere from $.99 to $9.99), at launch all Android Market apps will be free. That includes BreadCrumbz, a picture-based navigation program that doesn't just give you a drawing of your route, but also includes real-world photos to keep you on track. Another interesting app, TuneWiki, is a tricked-out music player that encourages mobile karaoke, by synchronizing written lyrics onscreen to the song's YouTube video.
Let's see, open source, major player support in key enabling technologies like search and navigation, freeware utilities to the public -- Apple, you can be afraid now, very afraid.
This video of the Android concept was published a little less than a year ago and it's still pretty impressive. Now if they could just find a real service carrier, we'd be in business.
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