Big Dreams for Android Aren't Just Google's

Operating system looks to potential well beyond phones: Malik
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2008 2:45 PM CDT
Analysts see in Android possibilities for more than just the cell phone out tomorrow.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
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(Newser) – Google’s release of the code for its Android operating system today—a day before the G1 phone hits stores—paves the path for transformation of the cell-phone industry and beyond, Om Malik writes on GigaOm. As coders enhance Android and develop add-ons, either for existing devices or new ones, consumers will benefit from increased choice and cheaper, faster phones, Malik writes.

“It’s hard not to get excited” about the Linux-based “robust” software, which can be adapted for a slew of technology, from navigation systems to smart picture frames. Motorola is among the first companies to tinker with the code for its products. Google, bent on making Android ubiquitous, has even approached professors about including the platform in lesson plans.