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11/9/2007
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Stephen Wellman
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Has Someone Already Written A Google Android Mobile Application?

Forget the fact that there are no Android-powered mobile devices on the market -- and that it could be a year before we see any Android-based cell phones. It seems some eager developers have already written an application that runs on Android.

Forget the fact that there are no Android-powered mobile devices on the market -- and that it could be a year before we see any Android-based cell phones. It seems some eager developers have already written an application that runs on Android.At least that's what Valleywag claims. Here is a look at the rumor:

But I'm told by a source that WhatsOpen has also written the first wireless app for Google's new Android operating system. (You may know Android better as the software behind the still-mythical Googlephone.)

And that's not all. There are screenshots too.

The startup supposedly building the first Android app, WhatsOpen.com, is a "amazing web & mobile based super search engine." The app supposedly "shows users nearby stored and their operating hours."

I do think it's interesting that this phantom-app is a location-enabled tool. Last week I pointed out that business users want more GPS and location on their smartphones. Location, and not standalone mobile search, could be the big battleground for the mobile Web in 2008. In my opinion this explains why Nokia paid so much money for Navteq.

As for this possible Android app, I wonder if WhatsOpen.com will launch it along with the Android SDK next week as a proof of concept. What do you think?

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