Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Android makes music

Amongst the frilly giggling of tech-headed types as Google's first phone, the G1, gets announced, there's a an announcement from Amazon that - for punters in the US, at least - the Android phone will have Amazon's DRM-free mp3 store "preloaded" into it. (In other words, there's a shortcut on the phone desktop which will simplify the purchase process.)

The announcement is careful to stress that the store is preloaded as part of the phone, not as part of the operating system; it'd surely be in Google's interests to stitch this as a deal across all Android phones regardless of operator. The other odd aspect of the deal is that you can only download music over wi-fi - not over, you know, the telephone service. Presumably T-Mobile is worried about customers actually consuming bandwidth if they could suck music down on 3G.


6 comments:

Stef said...

It's a real shame that the G1 doesn't appear to have a proper headphone jack, eh?

Anonymous said...

http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/23/confirmed-t-mobile-g1-has-no-3-5mm-headphone-jack/

Well it hasn't stopped the riff-raff on any public transport that I frequent on a daily basis ... alas.

simon h b said...

The design of the phone looks horrible - even without the "totally non-standard headphone jack which you can't actually buy yet" clunker - what's that bulbous button in the middle of the bottom for?

Olive said...

Ok, visually it's a bit 'turd on a stick', but it'll be a hell of a lot easier to develop apps for than the iPhone, and... oh, sorry, The Register is the next tab along.

simon h b said...

*That* would be the reason I never get any of those C++ programmers jobs advertising here...

Olive said...

And the reason that people looking for CSS articles seem disappointed.

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