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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

November 19, 2007 at 11:46 AM

What do you think of Android?

I wrote a story today about Google’s most recent efforts in the mobile phone space.

It recently unveiled a mobile software platform called Android, a free, open-source operating system supported by the Open Handset Alliance. The platform would allow developers to build new applications that the company thinks have been too difficult to develop on today’s mobile operating systems.

I wanted to get a sense of whether developers were interested in making nifty, new aps for phones that won’t start to be released until later next year.

I posed the questions: Will developers flock to the code? Will they build anything on Android immediately ” or later? Does the platform generate excitement or is it a letdown?

By far and away, mobile-software developers in the wireless-heavy Seattle region, didn’t have immediate plans to do anything. Many companies I spoke to, or attempted to interview on the subject, declined, saying they had nothing to contribute.

Did I miss anyone? Feel free to comment now, and give me a sense of whether the picture is different somewhere else, or for a different group of people.

What do you think of Android?

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