You’re looking at a nice, fresh slice of history. The phone in the picture above is one of the first in the world to be seen running the Google-developed mobile operating system known as Android.Patriotic tech heads amongst you will be pleased to know its being shown by British chip manufacturer ARM (not McCain, it’s not that kind of chip). The phone itself is merely to demonstrate Android, it’s by no means a handset that’ll be shipping with Android when it does eventually go on sale, but according to the ARM peeps the OS is finished.I had a quick hands-on this morning and it looks pretty nice. It’s very simple, uncluttered and easy to navigate with pre-loaded Gmail and Google Maps apps. There was also an icon for a YouTube application, which wasn’t working on the demo handset, but such integration with Google’s services is hardly surprising.ARM isn’t the only company with an Android on its stand; Qualcomm also has one but not built into a fully functioning handset, just a mess of motherboards and chips. Expect to see much more from Android soon though; word on the street is it’ll be showing its face on mobiles in the second half of the year. If you can’t wait that long we’ll have some video footage in next week’s vidcast.
Android spotted at Mobile World Congress
You’re looking at a nice, fresh slice of history. The phone in the picture above is one of the first in the world to be seen running the Google-de