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08 August 2008, 15:17

HTC denies Android mobile delay

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A blog entry claiming that the development of the first Android mobile phones is running behind schedule sparked a response from manufacturer HTC today. An Android based phone will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008 as previously announced, said the vendor. The blog cites a member of staff at market researchers Global Equities Research who said that HTC "is having structural problems to incorporate Google’s demanded feature set". However, the entry doesn't give any details about the features in question. HTC's German press agency was also unable to provide any further information on request. The Google mobile phone was originally scheduled for release six months earlier.

The analyst at Global Equities Research was also quoted to have said that Android isn't attracting enough developers, claiming that the development toolkits offered by Microsoft, Apple, Research in Motion and Nokia have "sucked up" software developers’ attention. At least some of the Android developers are frustrated about the SDK's current state: 30 of them complained about the SDK flaws in an online petition two months ago. There have been no updates since March.

Android is a free, Linux-based operating system whose applications are written in Java. Its web browser uses the Webkit KHTML derivative, developed by Apple. The public domain SQLite is to be used as its database. The Android platfom is being developed by Google.


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