Fusion Garage Reveals Grid 4 Smartphone With Custom GridOS

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With Symbian’s clock ticking and MeeGo not getting a chance to shine (and who knows how RIM will be faring in another year’s time), we’re looking at a future that’s very much an Android/iOS/Windows Phone competition. That’s not to say that a more limited roster of contestants means we’ll see any less innovation, but it is what it is. One of the promising avenues for new smartphone operating systems is as a derivative of an open-sourced platform like Android. Fusion Garage intends to release a handset running just such an OS, the Grid 4 smartphone with its Android-based GridOS.

GridOS starts with Android’s kernel and adds its own layers on top. We’ve gotten a look at some screenshots and a little video, but it remains to be seen just how different Fusion Garage will make things, or if we’ll end up with something that feels less like a new OS and more like an Android UI replacement with some custom apps. The platform will be compatible enough that you’ll be able to run standard Android apps.

The Grid 4 smartphone sounds like what’s becoming a mid-range set of specs for a modern Android device, with a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon (or is it? The phone’s feature page advertises a “dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon”, but the listed chip is a single-core component), 512MB of RAM, 16GB of flash, and a four-inch WVGA display. Tri-band HSDPA should let the Grid 4 operate on AT&T in the States once it arrives. Look for it to cost about $400, presumably off-contract.

We’ll wait to see the hardware and GridOS to judge them on their own merits, but Fusion Garage has a bit of a checkered past when it comes to mobile electronics, with a very public battle with TechCrunch over the CrunchPad/JooJoo tablet, as well as facing accusations of GPL violations. It’s enough to make us cautious, but we’ll let the Grid 4 speak for itself.

Source: Fusion Garage

Via: This Is My Next

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!