And that’s about all it is. Mediocre now, but promising. Lacking in features, but open. A relatively dated foundation in some respects, but one that’s accessible to everyone. Android may not be what people expected; it’s nowhere near being an iPhone killer and the software experience could definitely use some polish — it’s without a doubt firmly in the 1990s. But Android innovates too; if not just because it’s open, because it is full of extremely innovative concepts — concepts that can primarily happen in an open environment. Take for example ‘intents’.
In the end, I’m sure the G1 is going to be ‘ok’. Nothing special. But it wasn’t meant to be. It’s a 1.0, by a company that has no experience in that sort of thing, but at the same time has most of the mindshare.