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bobc74

Jan 13, 2011, 4:27 PM
Is this phone running Android 1.5? The operating system seems to be similar to the I1 without the market access.
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that1guy

Jan 14, 2011, 12:32 AM
I was thinking the same thing. But then again, no high speed data, on the cellular side.
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muchdrama

Jan 14, 2011, 3:45 AM
bobc74 said:
Is this phone running Android 1.5? The operating system seems to be similar to the I1 without the market access.


Guys, the operating system and specs are literally right under the photo of the phone.
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bobc74

Jan 14, 2011, 12:00 PM
No, it's not! The specs mention nothing about Android. But when you actually turn the phone on it looks like Android 1.5, the same as the Motorola I1. It has three home screens with shortcuts and the settings menu looks like it, but the actual phone info screen mentions nothing about Android. I'm just trying to get some clarification info to present to my customers.
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cellphonesaretools

Jan 14, 2011, 1:40 PM
If you look at the "Platform/OS" info for the i886 (the Info tab of this review), it states "Proprietary", which implies it is a full iDEN phone.

If you look at the review of the i1 under the Info tab of the i1's review here on PhoneScoop, the heading for Platform/OS for the i1 shows "Android 1.5"

The combination of those two bits of info would seem to indicate that the i886 is a regular iDEN phone, unless there is a mix-up in the info that PhoneScoop has presented for one of them.
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cellphonesaretools

Jan 16, 2011, 10:57 AM
New info: Check out this latest article by PhoneScoop which indeed indicates that the i886 is running Android, although PhoneScoop itself is somewhat perplexed by what the phone does and what Sprint-Nextel says about the OS:

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=7336 »
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Rich Brome

Jan 18, 2011, 10:52 AM
We're not perplexed. I thought the article was clear, but I posted more info here:

http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/p_forum.php?fm=m&ff ... »
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muchdrama

Jan 14, 2011, 5:47 PM
bobc74 said:

No, it's not!



Geezus. It says 'PROPRIETARY' next to 'OS' in the specs RIGHT. BELOW. THE PHOTO.
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Rich Brome

Jan 15, 2011, 7:40 PM
It is running a special fork of the Android OS.

HOWEVER, it is not an Android platform phone. It is not compatible with any third-party Android software. It is not a smartphone.

It runs only J2ME third-party software, just like any feature phone. For all practical purposes, it is a feature phone, not an "Android phone". The fact that it is based on Android code at its core is only relevant to developers working inside Motorola, who are able to leverage much of the code and work being done for true Android phones. It's also interesting to us industry spectators, but it's not really relevant to consumers.

In fact, telling consumers this is "an Android phone" would be incorrect and extremely misleading.
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muchdrama

Jan 17, 2011, 10:42 PM
Rich Brome said:
It is running a special fork of the Android OS.

HOWEVER, it is not an Android platform phone. It is not compatible with any third-party Android software. It is not a smartphone.

It runs only J2ME third-party software, just like any feature phone. For all practical purposes, it is a feature phone, not an "Android phone". The fact that it is based on Android code at its core is only relevant to developers working inside Motorola, who are able to leverage much of the code and work being done for true Android phones. It's also interesting to us industry spectators, but it's not really relevant to consumers.

In fact, telling consumers this is "an Android phone" would be incorrect and extremely
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