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