Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde
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I'm completely hip to the notion of mobile technology, and have been for well over a decade.
I got my first mobile computing device when IBM released its branded version of the PalmPilot, the "WorkPad," way back in 1996. I must confess I spent more time trying to get it set up to use than actually using it for productivity enhancing purposes.
I also bought the first Palm Treo (bad idea) sometime around 2002, the first version of which was a little before its time.
Lesson learned, early adopter syndrome (almost) eliminated in Human Android Turbo.
More recently, my Blackberry Pearl has been my geographical computing compass and "Beam Me Up, Scotty" device, saving my hide numerous times during travels international and domestic, and keeping my news junkiedom fixed with a constant umbilical cord connection to the media and blogosphere mother ships.
Another key reason I use the Blackberry (as is the case with millions of others, I'm sure) is because of its capabilities in keeping me connected to the office as well. Lotus Notes email and its calendar function on the Blackberry serve as my lifeline back to the office.
Could all of this change as we go back to the future, entering the realm of the Android Community, which posted some of the first fullscreen Android demos yesterday?
Hey, I'm not so brand loyal that I'm not opposed to the idea of being persuaded to make a change, especially for the right reason.
If you haven't yet heard of it, as described on the Google Android web site, Android is "a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware, and key applications."
In other words, it's the stuff that makes the Google version of a mobile phone work.
As expected, it has a lot of the basics one would expect from a mobile device these days but the recent demos featured one killer app that no self-respecting 40-something can really do without: a full-on functioning version of Pac-Man.
Yes, you, too, will be able to search for the ghosts of Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde on a Google mobile computing device screen playing near you.
No word yet on whether or not the Android version will allow Pac-Man gurus to reach the infamous "split-screen" level, (one which I never mastered personally), or whether or not the Android is well positioned to gobble up the iPhone anytime soon.
Stay tuned...and please insert another quarter to continue playing.