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  • 1. An introduction to Android
  • 2. What is Android?
    • Android is the first free, open source and fully customizable mobile platform
  • 3. What is Android?
    • Bought by Google in an effort to extend its reach from the computer-based internet to the mobile internet
    • Developed by the Open Handset Alliance , a group of more than 30 companies, including Google, T-Mobile, Intel, HTC, Qualcomm and Motorola, etc...
    • A fully integrated bundle of software that will significantly lower the current costs and time for developing mobile devices and services
  • 4. What is Android?
    • Android is currently available on the G1 from T-Mobile
      • Manufactured by HTC
      • More devices rumored to be arriving later in 2009 from HTC, LG, Samsung, Garmin, etc…
  • 5. Android applications
      • Applications access core mobile device functionality through standard APIs
      • Through intents, applications can announce their capabilities for other applications to use
    Applications without borders Applications embed the web Applications run in parallel
      • Applications can easily embed HTML, Javascript, and style sheets
      • While running in the background, an application can produce notifications to get users’ attention
  • 6. Android applications An overview of apps is available on the Android Market site, but apps can only be downloaded via the device
  • 7. Android / G1 vs iPhone Flash available soon Flash prohibited by T&C No MMS available 8 GB & 16 GB versions All controls on touchscreen Standard 3.5 mm headphone jack Thinner, lighter; fits in case; elegant Multi-touch (patented) Ship for new battery; memory fixed No multi-tasking, except for music Built-in media player Virtual keypad; multi-lingual; fixed iPhone MMS is standard Only 192 MB; can buy micro SD Touchscreen and trackball controls 5-pin mini-USB plug for headphones Bulky; case won’t fit No multi-touch, only “long touch” Change battery / memory at any time Applications run in background Weak video playback Physical keypad; slides out Android / G1 PUSH Advantage
  • 8. Android / G1 vs iPhone – Weather
    • Similarities
    • Local navigation
    • Differences
    • iPhone: Access to more weather options is present on screen
    • iPhone: Share functionality
  • 9. Android / G1 vs iPhone – Games
    • Similarities
    • Accelerometer mode
    • Swipe mode
    • Differences
    • iPhone: Touchscreen D-Pad
    • Android / G1: Trackball
    • Access to menu options
  • 10. Android / G1 limitations
    • Only sync with Gmail; no Exchange or desktop Outlook syncing
    • No speed dialing
    • No video recording functionality
    • No notes, tasks, or to-do list applications pre-installed
    • Basic navigation – back and forward – and bookmarks are hidden
      • Press “Menu”, then “More” for these options
    • No Bluetooth stereo, contacts exchange, modem pairing or wireless keyboards
    • Not truly open-source?
      • Google criticized for trying to control the system
  • 11. Publishing applications to the Android Market
    • Register using a Google account ($25 fee)
      • Upload the application whenever you want, as many times as you want , and then publish it when ready
    • Once published, users can browse to the application, download it and rate it
    • Unlike Apple's App Store, Google's Android Market doesn't have any approval process for applications
      • After registration, developers can offer their applications in the store without any further validation or approval
      • Apple’s approval can take a month or more
  • 12. Android resources
    • android.com
      • Brief introduction to Android, with some helpful links and videos
    • source.android.com
      • A little more robust, with more content and links
    • android.com/market
      • Overview of available Android applications
    • anddev.org
      • Android development community
    • code.google.com/android/index.html
      • Useful site with information on getting started
    • androiddevelopment.org/
      • Developers blog
    • androidcommunity.com/
      • Android community with articles, forums, blogs, etc…
  • 13. Questions? Erik Fields Senior User Experience Architect THINK Interactive email: efields (at) thinkinc.com