Android lives on


OK, I was wrong when I declared Google’s mobile phone operating system Android to be DOA.

Like everything Google does, Android has improved. Google’s “release it now, and improve it later” strategy has been effective for everything from it’s venerable search engine to Gmail, Calendar, Picassa, Google Docs, Google Books, and all it’s various Labs programs.

Now the hardware makers are stepping up. I am a hardcore Apple iPhonatic. But I love Google’s apps, despite the occasional worrying cloud outage, I think Google rocks, and I trust them with my data, at least as much as I trust any ginormous corporation.

The one trump card that Apple currently holds for me is iTunes, and the associated iTunes store, which not only syncs my phone to my computer, but also connects to my TV. I could probably find ways around the TV, what with all of Netflix’ hardware parnters, and other devices that stream data from my media computer to my tele, but buying and syncing music (especially podcasts) is a big deal for me.

Now, if Google opens a store to compete with iTunes, either partnering with or competing against Amazon, well, then, look out. I might just have to jump ship.

What would be a great store name for Google? How about “The G-Spot”?

(Sorry.)

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