The BBC’s Darren Waters had a sit down with Andy Rubin (formerly of Apple, General Magic, WebTV, and Danger) who’s the main man on Android, Google’s mobile OS. Rubin showed the current state of the Android platform and it’s looking swell—for the most part. (What’s up with having to use a slider to zoom in the web browser? Can’t you just rip off the double-tap intelligent zoom from Mobile Safari?)
Perhaps most impressive is the Street View mode of Google Maps, pulled down to the 3G prototype reference phone running at a relatively mild 300MHz. That reference design, which may or may not reflect hardware that will run Android in the future, had another interesting feature: a trackball, currently seen on Danger Hiptops and Blackberries.