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Android Open Session 5/12/11: International and Android. with Beth Mozias/works w Stanford, Harvé Guihot/MediaTek, Ken Jones/Marakana, and Allison Gillespie, Allen Noren, Suzanne Axtell, and Gina Blaber of O'Reilly.

Google is sponsoring a Developer Challenge Africa. The prize is money.

Beth - it's pretty de-centralized. was just in Africa. The contest is to further seed the market there.

Allen - is desire there to control your own destiny (re business and govt) in Africa and similar places?

Beth - well see more QVGA screen sizes, and less RAM.

Ken - they expect the new Android-based cheap systems to displace to mobile phones.

Harvé - agrees. Beth:yes. the infrastructure for that is in place.

Beth: the point about cost being an entry point - this is people's only access to the internet. Their only social networking medium.

Harvé - re pricing, an Android phone in India was $200. vs Vodaphone sold a $17 basic phone in India.

Gina: cultural impact of Android in non-US and non-European countries. Tech and cultural stories.

Beth - DIAC Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing - was in Berkeley in the 90s. doesn't know if it's still around.

Beth - BADA, from Samsung. Another smartphone platform. smartphone that is feature-phone priced. (feature phone = earlier gen phone) The North American carriers have blocked BADA; refuse to carry it. Could have a presentation that covers BADA and this issue.

ACTION Gina will talk with Brady and Marco about this - possible session?

Harvé - there are markets where phones are subsidized, and ones where they are not.

Harvé - issue in China, of Baidu. People use Baidu instead of Google search; it's built into a lot of apps. China is its own economy.

Beth: you can get in trouble in China, if you are using Google instead of the approved filtered search engine.

Beth - it's very easy to internationalize an app.

Ken - currently, Android doesn't support Arabic language. You have to use Eng language.

Beth - but in Dubai, you can't legally use an Android phone. Because of political reasons. Can only use Blackberry. She thinks the technology is going to drive them to open up their markets. It will be from the bottom up.

Harvé - thinks China will be tough for Google. discussion.

Beth - thinks the interntl Android community is very de-centralized, but there are pockets, with cross-pollination. Vancouver, Bejing, etc. Some of it is hiring a company in another country to outsource Android devt work. The "openness" of Android means you can program every bit of the hardware, to run on Android.

Ken<?> - most of our training requests are from Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai. Some interest in Kuala Lampoor. I'll go to Italy soon; but haven't seen many training requests in Europe.

Allen - yes. The research Alisdair Allen did. His research shows that Android is really small in UK and Europe.

Beth - a lot of Android developers don't have a lot of money. A lot of do-it-yourselfers. Good to pair it with a hackathon or contest. The devt tools are much lower than on iphone. Unlimited rights to publish, unlike iPhone. The profits in mobile go to the carriers and the manufacturers.

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