LWN.net reviews android dev phone

Tom Yates madhatter at teaparty.net
Thu Jan 8 14:16:04 CET 2009

...which may be of interest to people on this list.  the article is part 
of this week's edition, which is still on paid-only general acccess, but 
users of this list can read the article (without registering) at 
http://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/311715/01e7686dee76f148/ (_kudos_ to lwn for 
their send-a-link feature).

some interesting comments about how tied-to-google the phone seems to be:

"More annoying, though, is that the phone requires the creation of a Gmail 
account as part of its setup process. The fact that one does not have - 
and does not want - such an account is not relevant. So now your editor 
has an entry in the Gmail account database which will never be used.

That, of course, ties in to why Google has gotten into this exercise in 
the first place. There are many features of the Android platform which are 
designed to tie the user in more closely to services provided by Google. 
[...] It is possible to use many of the features of the device without 
connecting back to the Google mother ship, but it's not the natural mode 
of operation."

anyway, it's there if you're interested.


   Tom Yates  -  http://www.teaparty.net

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