Android G1 Weakness Now is Its Strength Later

By September 24, 2008

Curiosity burns for the “GooglePhone.” The community gestalt will foster support, after the first whiz-bang features become more integrated into workflow. But in the meantime, a compass feature sure is fun, and iPhone owners are already bemoaning the Copy & Paste now available on the G1. Mixed reviews abound and completely contradictory aesthetic judgments proliferate. All signs point to delightful complexity: an ideal first day. GIZMODO's article on the G1's Five Most Obnoxious Flaws complains of an unsurprisingly Google-centric interface, lack of video support and storage capacity. It is contradictory that an open platform would require a Google account in order to operate most of the phone's key features. Hopefully a third-party application shall circumvent this problem before too many potential users put the product out of mind.

Same can be said for a video-player. Early adopters will certainly be in for a headache, but momentum in the developer community will wake up momentarily. The storage matter is not developer dependent, but 8GB memory cards are readily available. Improved capacity of flash media is reliable, if that is not enough.

At the risk of seeming to use the developer apps as a panacea, is it a faulty business model to shove a functional operating system into the public? Timeliness is a key performer, and the ability of the G1 to evolve on-the-fly gives Google, HTC and T-Mobile the freedom to let it out of the house without its tie tied and its shoes shined. Therein lies the strength of amobile handset.

The wait should not be long before the software gaps are filled. As seen in our coverage earlier this week, the talent of skilled developers on the Android platform shall not go unrewarded. The Android Market should be awash in hopeful contenders for that $10 million in 5... 4... 3... 2...

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