Whoever thought Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) would not give Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) a run for it’s money when it comes to mobile handsets was wrong. Later this month, Google will be releasing it’s Android operating system on the T-Mobile HTC G1 phone. All of the preorders sold out, so T-Mobile tripled their original request order from HTC.
All of those extra G1s sold out too! The number of pre-orders sold out combine to be about 1.5 million units. These orders do not include retail sales. And the holiday season has not even started yet. Google is definitely on the right track to compete for the mobile device market.
Fool.com points out that Google’s release on first impression must be flawless, otherwise customers may find themselves wanting to switch to an iPhone without looking back. Google is working closely with T-Mobile and other hardware suppliers to make sure that the launch is flawless. Google Android will be connected to an application store called Android Market. Applications will be built around the G1 features such as WiFi- sliding keyboard, touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G speeds.
Google Android Market is superior for developers than the App Store for one simple reason: the revenue sharing agreement allows developers to keep all of their application sales money. The Apple App Store keeps 30%.
The first impression is always crucial, but sometimes things could go awry. Apple had a rocky start on the day of launch for the iPhone 3G. Servers kept crashing which caused the lines of customers to keep growing. However, that event did not hinder the sales of the iPhone 3G – as I had reported earlier Apple has manufactured 10 million iPhones thus far to meet consumer demand.