Andy Rubin, director of mobile platforms at Google, (gPhone, Google Phone, Android saga) talked to CNET News about Android phones, How will it look like, whether it will compete with Apple's iPhone, and why the software took so long to build. Here are some of QA's that I liked, for the rest follow the link.
"Q: What other types of devices that aren't exactly cell phones could Android enable or run on?
Rubin: The sky is the limit. This platform has been contemplated in different devices, from car navigation systems to set-top boxes to laptop computers and, of course, cell phones. One of our alliance partners, Intel, has a category device called MID, or Mobile Internet Device, which is somewhere between a cell phone and a PC. It's a large-display device meant to be primarily an Internet access device."
Q: So, will there be a Google phone?
Rubin: I'm going to say "no comment" on that.
Q: Why did you pick Linux as the foundation for Android?
Rubin: One of the advantages of Linux is, it's a pretty prevalent operating system. The portion of Linux that we use for Android is just the kernel portion, and the benefit of kernel, of course, is that it's been already ported to all the varieties of semiconductors that run in cell phones.
Q: What do you think of the iPhone?
Rubin: I love it. I use it every day. That's my phone, and I think it's a great product. It's probably the best version 1.0 piece of consumer electronics that I've ever used.
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