Nov 30th, 2008

Since Android is an Open Source operating system you could theoretically run it virtually on other handsets and platforms. Just as your Mac can run Windows virtually, the folks at iphone-dev.org have mashed up a solution for the iPhone to run Linux. Porting Android over would be the logical next step.

And so the quest for mobile nirvana continues. I’m curious how many iPhone owners would actually run Android on their device, seeing as how most are nearly religious in their claims that the iPhone trumps all others. So why would you want to run Android, anyway? The other interesting thing is that while the iPhone could (and likely will) have the ability to run Android, you won’t see any Android device running the iPhone OS. So how does that affect the mobile landscape?

One of Android’s other main competitors – Windows Mobile – is getting a little more friendly with Android as well… although keeping it at arm’s length. Chinese manufacturer QiGi has produced a phone called the i6 which can run either Windows Mobile OR Android. However one phone can’t run both… you have to choose your poison. And if its poison you’re choosing you’ll probably go with WinMo while Android is more like a tasty treat.

The phone doesn’t look half bad:

And the specs?

  • A 2.8-inch touchscreen display,
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • A 2MP camera
  • A 624MHz processor
  • microSD card support (up to 4GB)
  • 109 x 58 x 14.9 mm

Not too shabby! Although, be warned, these Chinese imitation phones are often made cheaply and perform with extremely limited quality. We can’t make any judgement on how well this phone works but… you can’t say we didn’t warn you. But if it’s awesome, we’ll take the credit, k thx yer welcome.

This is all just the start of a developing story that will be unfolding over days, weeks, months and years so… we’ll be here for ya!

[Via EngadgetMobile, UnwiredView]

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