Our 100th post -- What about MY phone?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | 8:12 AM

We don't always say this, but thank you for reading the Google mobile blog.

When we launched last year, we realized that we needed to better communicate what the Google mobile team was up to. Since then, we've been working hard to provide you with timely and useful information. We've also sought to keep our posts personal and engaging by introducing you to the Googlers behind our products, incorporating video, and enabling comments.

While we're thrilled that our readership has continued to grow, we want to make the mobile blog even more useful and interesting to you in 2009. We invite you to tell us how we can improve. What else do you want to see on the mobile blog? Are our posts too long or too short? What phones do you most want to read about? Please fill out this quick survey to let us know what you think.

In celebration of our 100th post, we're going to attempt to address one of the blog's most frequent comments: "What about MY phone?" This comment always seems to be tinged with such angst and passion. Trust us, as users we know your pain. But we also know the difficulty of developing software for disparate phones.

We've put together a video that gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our "Sky Lab" that contains over 800 phones for developing, demonstrating, and testing purposes. Although we have so many phones, we currently can't make all of our products work on all of these phones -- we face the same challenges that every developer faces in the mobile industry: we have to choose. So this video also reveals two very different approaches for choosing devices in this industry... If you have any better ideas, let us know!

Of course, if you've been following our blog you may have noticed some patterns. We do like phones with good browsers and flat-rate data plans. Stay tuned to the Google mobile blog for more on this in the new year.


Mikerrtx said...

So presumably Android will relieve this situation, won't it?

And is there any news of Android for other carriers yet?


The Chef said...

The video is listed as private and I can't view it. Interwebz collapsing.

Anonymous said...

You can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwmoAd4uk_U

Unknown said...

OK, so I won't ask about MY phone. But what about YOUR phone? Why doesn't your own Android phone work with your own maps? If you live in NYC, the G1 map is pretty much useless. But all my friends with iPhones and Blackberrys can use the walking and public transit directions with Google Maps, but since I have the Google phone, of course it doesn't work. Please, please, please make your own phone work with your own maps. Right now the Google Maps are useless on the Google phone.

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