Android, due in the second half, could reportedly be delayed until Q4 or maybe even next year, according to the tale the Wall Street Journal tells, a situation that opens up a can of worms for Google.
Google has to prove that it’s more than a one-trick pony and that it can deliver something other than beta software.
The paper says Google is so absorbed with getting a T-Mobile Android phone out in Q4 that Sprint Nextel and China Mobile have fallen by the wayside.
Sprint may drop out to do a 4G phone and China Mobile is having trouble translating Android into Chinese.
And handset makers’ efforts to customize the widgetry for carriers is taking longer than expected; there seems to be some difficulty integrating carrier-branded service into the thing alongside Google’s apps.
The Journal also says that Android isn’t getting backing from the mobile ISV because the platform isn’t stable – Google is constantly revising it – and Apple’s iPhone is easier to develop for.