I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts about the Nexus One and the hype around it. From what I’ve read, there is a whole lot of excitement about what might be a whole lot of nothing. A very simple look over at the Motorola Owner’s Forum shows the Droid isn’t as magical as many thought it would be. Having one to use, I can agree with a lot of the complaints on the site. I understand that Google is trying to drop a bomb shell on to the market, but it might not be as big as most people are speculating. It seems there’s quite a bit of basic functionality that Google just hasn’t hammered out. To make matters worse, it’s near impossible to find someone to express these frustrations to. I’ve been to the development sites and I’ve looked through the web, your only true options are to mix in with the developers of the applications market (which isn’t the right answer) or bitch on the manufacture forums, which means they fall on deaf ears.
I have a feeling a few factors will screw this expansion up for Google unless they get them wrapped up ASAP:
- Fix the lack of support for corporate email tie ins to Exchange active sync.
- Allow for direct Global Address List look ups through corporate mail
- Improve sending signatures through corporate mail
- Fix the disappearing email act when your corporate calendar or email force closes.
- At this time your corporate email or calendar can either suddenly disappear or crash and then come back gone, forcing you to re-input all the information to connect back to the server. This is not as annoying if your users are educated on how to do this, but if they lack the knowledge to activate their phones on their own then it can create issues.
I think there’s expectations that Google’s going to enter the market (which they already have) and suddenly take over. I’ll admit that I’m a hard core Google fan boy, trying to get in to every Google application that I can get my hands on. I don’t see their OS as ready though. I see a lot of potential but what I don’t see is a lot of follow through. If Google is going to do this right, they need to throw more resources into getting the OS ready. Working with the WinMo systems, the Blackberries, and Apple’s iPhone, I’ve never experienced as many applications crashes as I have with the Android OS. There’s not enough support to make the OS as mainstream as everyone thinks it is.
Who knows though, maybe I just got a lemon….