2008 saw the release of the Google G1 phone using the Android operating system.
Though the battery life was slammed by many the operating system was praised as very innovative.
It would appear that Android was not just developed for mobile phones according to Venture Beat, who have installed Android on an Asus EeePC.
The image above shows a netbook Asus EEEPC 1000H running on Google’s mobile operating system Android. Huh? You thought Android was for mobile phones, right? Well, as we’ve written before, Google is planning to use Android for any device — not just the mobile phones.
The article shows how the development team installed and could run Android on the EeePC and speculate that we will see Google Netbooks running Android in 2010!
BBC News has an interesting article on the smartphone and how it made it big in 2008.
There is no doubt that 2008 was the year of the smartphone.
The last 12 months has seen the launch of iconic devices such as the iPhone 3G, Google G1, Blackberry Storm and Nokia N97.
It also saw the emergence of the electronic ecosystems needed to get the most out of such handsets.
Of course it is not all good news, with the economic downturn, sales of smartphones are expected to fall.
What this will mean is that as our learners arrive and may be looking to purchase a phone, they may consider a device which only makes phone calls and SMS, and will ignore the more advanced web enabled smartphones which have so much potential for supporting learning.
The decline in sales could hinder the development and embedding of mobile learning in the UK educational sector, but possibly with the increase in the sales of (cheap) netbooks, maybe it isn’t all bad news for learning technologies.