Are Generic Androids on the Horizon?


By now you’re likely familiar with Android devices from HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. There are even Androids from “lesser-known” name-brands. With Android otherwise unknown hardware manufacturers now have the potential to release devices that challenge even then big power-houses in the industry. (Emphasis on “potential”.)

If the information that has gotten their hands on turns out to be accurate, this is exactly the case with two “generic” Android devices.

firstone f910

The FirstOne F910 B is an Android 1.6 device powered by a 600 MHz CPU Qualcomm CPU, with 256 MB RAM, and 512 MB ROM. As far as wireless goes, it’s equipped to handle GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100 for voice, and CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, and 802.11b/g for data.

firstone gw10

The FirstOne GW10 also runs Android 1.6, with 256 MB RAM, and 512 MB ROM; the CPU is not listed. Wireless voice covers GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS1900, UMTS2100; wireless data covers CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, and 802.11b/g.

While neither of these two devices should be considered “ground-breaking” (or even “current”), what is of particular note is that a virtual unknown in the industry can compete against the “big boys”, thanks to Android.

What do you think? Do “generic” Android devices have a chance? Could they (given the right set of hardware specifications) challenge the likes of HTC and Motorola in the handset arena?

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.