Although Google has spent far too much time discussing the benefits of owning an Android-based phone and trying to make us all believe that everything is going well with its foray into the cell phone industry, it's quickly becoming apparent that there's some trouble in Google paradise.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Android's first devices will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008, while others will be ready in 2009. And while the article makes a big deal about it, that's actually what Google has been saying all along, so there's no real story in that.
But during its discussion on Android, the Wall Street Journal also points to some major new developments that strike me as troublesome to Google and possibly damning to the entire project.
According to the Journal, T-Mobile is commanding most of Google's attention, thus forcing it to ignore other partners; issues at Sprint are slowing Android deployment; AT&T still doesn't know if it wants to offer Android-based phones; and developers are experiencing issues with developing for Android because of Google's revisions to the platform.
Om Malik thinks these issues are nothing more than the growing pains of a start-up, but I think the issues with Android go far beyond his understatement.
There's trouble in Google paradise. And unless the company can turn things around, I don't think Android will even make a dent in the market.… Read more