Phone Scoop

printed November 26, 2014
See this page online at:
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=182&p=182

Home  ›  News  ›

MWC 2008

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Comments  32  

Google Android HTC P3470 LG  

We got to spend some time with the new Android platform from the Open Handset Alliance. The hardware was a reference design and ARM said it was not a final build at all. They were simply showing off the platform on their chipsets.

One thing we can say about Android is that it is blazing fast. It is probably the fastest phone user interface we have ever used, and that's on ARM's 220MHz processor. The same processor that powers a lot of Windows Mobile phones. The different is speed is palpable, as is evidenced on the video (below).

The basic UI is simple and intuitive. There is a dock, resembling the dock in Apple's OSX, that runs along the bottom of the screen. In it you see the phone's basic applications. Using the d-pad, you can zoom left and right through the items in the dock. The response in instant, and you can speed from one end of the dock to the other by pressing and holding the d-pad.

 

Android

Click a thumbnail above for a larger view.

The applications were all in a basic form, and not yet fully realized. But everything was very speedy. The contacts database, the music player, Gmail and other applications all opened immediately when selected. Unfortunately nothing was set up or populated with content.

The applications themselves were fairly simple looking. The spokesperson at ARM told us that they will probably be dressed up by the OEMs when the final release is available.

In all, it is a very capable user interface, and we look forward to seeing the final build some time later this year.

Here is a video preview of how Android works:

Subscribe to Phone Scoop News with RSS Follow @phonescoop on Twitter Phone Scoop on Facebook Phone Scoop on Google+ Subscribe to Phone Scoop on YouTube Follow on Instagram

 

All content Copyright 2001-2014 Phone Factor, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Content on this site may not be copied or republished without formal permission.
1