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Old Aug 27, 2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default Google Cuts Popular Google Talk, Bluetooth From Android OS

I'm more disappointed on having the Bluetooth API being chopped out then Google Talk.


Google's new phone OS, Android OS, is backed by some of the industry's biggest players. While some carriers are reticent to the prospect of switching from their proprietary software, in which they have invested millions, Google brings much to the table with Android.

First Android is free. Secondly it provides a broad array of APIs to connect users to the internet and to perform graphical functions. Lastly, the OS comes with numerous Google programs, all free, such as Google Maps, GMail, and Google Docs.

However, with the release of the 0.9 beta SDK, an updated version of the OS's previewed SDK, Google unfortunately decided to cut out a couple of desirable features. Google acknowledged that both Google Talk, its popular IM program, and its Bluetooth API were on the chopping block.



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Old Aug 27, 2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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Yeah but Bluetooth is such a high exposure feature, why?
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Old Aug 27, 2008, 05:52 PM   #3
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phone without bluetooth = no phone
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I'm really not impressed by Android - except that it DOES offer a lot for free. Definitely some cool features and ideas are in there. It's very much an 0.9 product, however - rougher around the edges compared to the very impressive first iPhone though there's still time before release. Sort of. Wonder if or how OTA updates to the OS and software work.

Now, if the Android phones were free as well as the OS, I'd be much more interested. That being said, I'd rather have a Blackberry Bold or the rumored RIM touch device (depending on their text input solution). I think I'd take an Android phone over a current Windows Mobile phone, however.
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There's not much to worry about, folks. The news is that Google the dropped the Bluetooth and Google Talk APIs, not the actual functionality.

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