Create a non-phone Android device

Posted in Technicalon Feb 4, 2011

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Dear Google Android Folks,

I hear Google is hiring a bunch of Android app developers to increase the number and quality of apps for the Android platform. Building a developer community is tricky, and I’m sorry to see that you think you have to pay people yourselves to create more Android developers.

One thing you should consider is to come out with cheap Android devices that aren’t phones, similar to the iPod Touch. While phone devices receive a great deal of attention, non-phone devices may also have a good share of sales. One figure has the iPod Touch comprising over one third of iOS device sales. Certainly the Android developer community could benefit from a 30-50% boost of quantity of devices.

I also suspect that many of the mobile app developers run small operations. Probably many of them use their own personal iPhone or other smart phone for testing apps. Certainly these people have a greater barrier to create multi-platform apps if it means having multiple phones with multiple phone plans. By providing a non-phone Android device, you might entice many mobile app developers into developing for the Android platform in addition to the iOS platform.

Just a thought from someone who would like to own an Android device, but hasn’t found a great way to do so (yet) without having to buy an expensive phone plan.



February 9th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

HP, you can read this too: Create a iPod Touch sized non-phone webOS device and you’ll see a better developer community.

Kimball Robinson

February 10th, 2011 at 11:24 am

I’ve been looking for an android non-phone (android pda), and android tablets don’t fit the bill–I want a device I can stick in my pocket.

Actually, it would be best if I could find an android phone without a data plan–I would need a feature to block internet service except on wifi networks.

At any rate, this article is refreshing. I’m frustrated that I can’t find a decent android device that fits in my pocket and doesn’t have an expensive data plan attached. Thanks!


August 28th, 2014 at 9:27 am

It seems that this landscape has changed a lot in the last 3 years. Android is now available on many devices.

Additionally, many Android phones can be purchased and used without phone activation.

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