TVB Tech Alert: Sprint Gets a Google Phone
September 3, 2009
OVERLAND PARK, KAN. Sprint is preparing to roll out it the first Android phone in the United States,
published reports indicate. The carrier will offer the Android-powered Hero
from HTC starting Oct. 11, for $180 after a $100 rebate.
Android is the open-source operating platform developed by Google for use in
mobile devices, with broadcast white spaces in mind. The operating system also
sports many of the features Google offers online, including Voice, Maps,
Search, Calendar, YouTube and Gmail, as well as some iPhone-like apps such as
Sky Map for stargazers.
The HTC Hero also features its own user interface, “Sense,” which allows a user
to scroll between seven different home screens that may be customized for work,
home, travel, etc. The Hero can also be silenced by simply turning it over.
Android phones have been deployed overseas. T-Mobile sold 1 million HTC G1
Android phones within six months of
putting them on sale, PC World said.
Sprint will be the first to the U.S. market with the device, while Verizon is
expected to offer an Android phone by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Motorola and Samsung will
unveil Android phones sometime this month.
-- Deborah D. McAdams
August 10, 2009: “Live
Station Enables Mobile Live TV”
Livestation, the co-developer with Microsoft of the Silverlight media
player, has teamed up with a couple of tech partners to bring live TV to mobile
devices. Livestation tapped London’s weComm to take live TV to mobile handsets,
including Blackberry devices and those running on Google’s Android platform.
May 28, 2009: “More
Android Features Unveiled”
Google is providing more glimpses at some of the new functions sported by
the latest version of Android, the operating system it designed for use in
unlicensed devices. At least 20 Android-powered mobile phones are expected to
hit the market by the end of the year, reports indicate.
April 15, 2009: “Google Previews Android
Google has released a preview of Android 1.5, the latest version of its Linux-based
mobile platform. Android is the operating system designed to power broadband
handhelds, including the controversial unlicensed devices approved by the FCC
to operate in fallow broadcast TV spectrum.
March 27, 2008: “Google Wins
Having “failed” to secure spectrum with a $4.6 billion bid in the recent 700
MHz auction, Google is instead seeking to get it for free. The $140 billion
search engine behemoth rocked the broadcast industry this week when the news
emerged that it was getting into the white space fray.