IBB analyst Moe Tanabian provides some new speculation and information about the upcoming Google Android phones:
Here’s Tanabian’s run-down on the Android phone’s software features:
— If you want to receive push e-mail, you’ll have to use Google’s Gmail. It’s unclear that the phone will support Microsoft Exchange.
— The phone will have access to upcoming T-Mobile App Store, which will be very similar to Apple’s store featuring third-party iPhone applications. Only T-Mobile will likely place fewer restrictions on software developers, so that Android phone users may have more games and productivity apps to choose from.
— The phone will come with Google’s advertising software pre-installed. Customers who opt in to receive mobile ads from Google may be offered to buy the phone for a lower price, and may also pay lower monthly service fees. The Google platform will serve ads based on your interests and location, provided by the phone.
Tanabian has also provided me a few additional details on the hardware:
— The Android phone’s screen will be larger than the iPhone’s, he believes.
— The handset will feature a track ball, making it easier to navigate menus with one hand.
— Down the road, perhaps the phone may be able to hook into T-Mobile’s Hotspot @Home service, allowing people to make unlimited calls via the Android phone from home or office.
— The Android phone will hit stores around Thanksgiving, not in September-October, as some news outlets have reported.