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Posted on September 16th, 2008 by Matthew Sparkes

Android handset hits London

I’m currently sitting in an Android seminar at the Google Developer Day in London, watching Mike Jennings (the head of Android development, not our gargantuan staff writer) give a talk on the open mobile OS. What I thought would be an interesting day with few surprises has just got exciting. Out of the blue we’ve just had the first European demonstration of an Android handset.

 The actual device itself looks much like the “mystery” handset that we’ve all seen before in blurry YouTube videos, and the HTC Dream, which is rumoured to be launching as soon as the next fortnight. Personally, I think it bore a remarkable resemblance to the HTC Dream. 

 Technically, little had changed from the earlier leaked videos, but this device looked far more polished. In fact, it even had masking tape over the operator’s logo. This didn’t look like a pre-release prototype, this looked like it was a finished commercial device.

 Jennings gave a nice demonstration of an OpenGL and Java application that showed a cube morphing and rotating. I’d run the same application on my own PC in the office, and this was running far smoother on a mobile handset. 40 frames per second, claimed Jennings. It’s impressive stuff.

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6 Responses to “ Android handset hits London ”

  1. David Wright Says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    The link is broken. It should end “.html”

    Also, where are the photographs? ;-)

  2. Ujjawal Says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Google still needs to learn a lot of new design technique from Apple!! design is nothing to write about android or no android!!

  3. Arvind Says:
    September 17th, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Google’s line of business is not manufacturing cell phones or designing them.
    They for sure design the Web Application and with Android they are taking their Web Apps to the Mobile Phones.

  4. Matthew Sparkes Says:
    September 17th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    The great thing about Android is that it will run on a range of handsets, so design isn’t a huge issue. Hopefully there will be a good selection of handsets to choose from in a few months.

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