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
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.