Google introduces “Android”

After a ridiculous amount of speculation about the mythical Gphone, Google has finally announced they will in fact be offering not a handset but a mobile, open-source operating system dubbed “Android”. Android was developed in conjunction with members of the Open Handset Alliance, and will be available for any phone manufacturer to install and use. It lets Google apps migrate to mobile phones, and runs off a combination of Linux and Java. Android enabled phones are expected for late 2008.There’s no word yet of whether Canadian wireless carriers will be involved in this initiative, but given that Canada doesn’t even (legally) have the iPhone yet and our data rates are higher than those of many developing countries, expect to wait a while before seeing any progress on that front.