List of upcoming Android mobile phones
I’ve been very excited with the Android open mobile platform and have been following up it’s developments. I believe it to be a disruptive technology that has a good potential to change the way we can use our mobile phones.
Already, a good number of phone manufacturers and even computer makers have expressed their intention to create a mobile phone that is based on the Android open mobile platform. After the launch of the T-mobile G1 cell phone last year, everyone has been waiting for the next Android phone to arrive on the market. I’ve made a list of the Android based mobile phones.
Agora and Agora Pro from Kogan. This would have earned that title if it was released as schedule this January. But it seems it’s still anybody’s ballgame when Ruslan, owner of Kogan, announced that the Agora Android mobile phone will be indefinitely delayed because of possible incompatibilities the mobile phone. It turns out that the screen resolution that the Agora and Agora Pro was using will have problems with applications developed for the Android platform.
i6-Goal from Qigi. Launched in China, this Android based mobile phone seems to be available only in that country. I have yet to read or hear about it’s release in other parts of the world. It has an integrated WiFi, quad-band GSM but no 3G, bluetooth, GPS, microSD card slot and a 2 megapixel camera.
Ophone from Lenovo. This is another Android based mobile phone created for the Chinese market. I don’t know about the Ophone name but it looks like that Microsoft is using the Ophone name in one of it’s products also. Another company has also claimed the Ophone name — the phone is also Android based.
Huawei. Also a leading Chinese manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, Huawei has joined the Open Handset Alliance in December and announced it will create an Android based mobile phone for 2009. There seems to already be some takers in Australian telcos. Expected sometime in the third quarter of 2009.
Neo Freerunner from OpenMoko. The Freerunner mobile phone actually also runs on Linux. It has become very popular among hobbyists because of the ease by which one can hack the mobile phone to one’s liking. It has also pretty decent specs. The only thing that’s missing is 3G support which would make it very viable for the current trend towards mobile broadband. Work has already started to run Android on the phone. I won’t be surprised if a new mobile phone with 3G would come out from Openmoko.
There are also news about an Android based mobile phone from Motorola, Asus, Dell, Sony Ericsson. Technology in the Philippines when it comes to mobile phones is not far off from cutting edge and I hope at least one of these would wind up in the Philippine market really soon.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.