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Google's Android: A Wish List

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 06, 2007

Yesterday, Google and 33 other companies formed Open Handset Alliance, an open-source mobile software consortium whose stated goal is to create easier-to-use cell phones running new, innovative applications that haven’t been available or possible to make until now. “It starts a whole wave of innovation,” Google’s Andy Rubin said during a conference call announcing the consortium and its software platform, called Android.

My question is, What might Android-enabled cell phones do that today’s mobile phones can’t? Open Handset Alliance’s Web site offers some helpful suggestions from kids, found here: One little guy wants his mobile phone to make pizza. Another wants a phone that turns into underpants.

But seriously: What would you want your cell phone to do? What’s on your wish list?

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Reader Comments

Brandon W

November 6, 2007 02:31 PM

What I DON'T want my phone to do is inundate me with advertising every time I use it.


November 7, 2007 01:44 AM

Answer the calls as if i am speaking on it ;)

like my privacy

November 7, 2007 04:51 PM

the return of vaporware

do we really need another OS, tools, etc - no carrier is dumb enough to commoditize themself - theres not reason to think that google will contribute anything new


November 8, 2007 10:29 AM

cmon, do we really need another maps site? oh yeah, Google Maps whipped everybody else's maps.

Umesh Sirsiwal

November 20, 2007 01:30 PM

Here is what I want Android to support:

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