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An Android in Your Pocket

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With the shear volume of cell phone manufacturers and wireless telephone service providers, the market is becoming very fragmented. It’s a little like the days of the railroads before everybody decided on a specific track gauge to use.

The problem? Most cell phone components use proprietary software that will not work with components and services from other brands. You’re probably familiar with this if you’ve switched cell networks and been told that you had to purchase a new phone (or else come up with a dubious way to "unlock" your old one).

Google’s Android technology is meant to solve this issue by providing a general framework for cell phone devices that is easy to modify for specific components. The best part? It’s an open development platform, allowing software designers much more freedom in the applications they offer.

The new Android prototype premiered at the SGMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. So far, there is no word on when the technology will reach the consumer market.

The Next Generation of Google Searching

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One word best describes the Google search engine interface: simplicity. The search screen contains little else besides the logo, the search bar, and a few links. The results list is plain and to-the-point. This concept may be one of the reasons so many people find it easy to use.

But it’s also in need of an upgrade. While Google’s search algorithms are in a state of continual refinement, the user interface hasn’t changed much over the years. They’re working on this, and big changes are near. And they want your help.

Google is now offering its experimental search page, where users can try out one of five different interfaces to the search engine. Options include a timeline of results, keyboard shortcuts, suggested alternative keywords, and a new right- or left-hand navigation box.

Don’t get too carried away — you can only try out one of these options at once. But once you choose an experimental option, that choice will be displayed every time you perform a Google search.

To have your say in the upgrade of the world’s favorite search engine, go to the Google experimental search page. Also read more at ars tecnica.