HTC Dream - Powered by Android
With the Android-powered HTC Dream just around the corner, let us take a quick preview about the phone, its features and the “midas-touch” of Google.
Android is the Mobile Operating System developed by Google. Programming language is Java, so J2ME developers should have little or no trouble embracing it.
Though HTC Dream formal announcement by T-Mobile is due on 23 September, following are expected to be the high level features:
- Large Touch Screen
- Full QWERTY feedback
- Keypad that slides/swivels for easy typing and editing
- Internet Navigation controls below the touchscreen display
- Enhanced GUI features like pulling down the title bar, creating shortcuts, enhanced locking etc.
Android Video - 1
User can devise a pattern of Finger movement on-screen and use it to lock/unlock. Pulling down the Title bar reveals Notifications, Missed Calls and New messages. Navigation between the screens is possible using finger gestures; no longer clicking of menu items or buttons. Also one can Drag-n-drop items through finger gestures. Creating Shortcuts on the desktop (bookmarks, contacts, GMail messages etc.), by mere “3 finger clicks”.
Android Video - 2
Google maps gets the treat of Street View on the Android. Also, with the built-in compass, this is awesome.
Android Video - 3
Android Developer Challenge, has gone a long way in developing some useful applications. Here is a demo of the Pac-Man game.
Android Video - 4
I don’t see any different between the Google Desktop Maps and this one. All features are available and faster with 3G network.
Android Video - 5
Customize the way you lock/unlock Android.
Overall, the demo videos look promising. It is also learnt that HTC Dream might sell for $199. Then, this will be a direct competition to iPhone. With a good Android Developer Community and the “open-source” tag, I feel Android has a better advantage!
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