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Nov

As Android finally arrives to the market, at least in the US, some questions arise related to its future role in a corporate environment.

It’s pretty obvious that very few companies have introduced massively the iPhone as a work tool. Even if the number of existing applications for the platform has grown really fast, to a number of apps much bigger than the real use the users make of them.

Google’s development model for Android is similar to Apple’s (an SDK which, apart from legal clauses and restrictions, everyone can download and use), but with the advantage of presenting a system much more open, and a legion of enthusiast programmers willing to put their hands on the code.

The question is there: will Android be a real challenge as a corporate tool, at the same level as RIM’s Blackberry and (with an smaller penetration), Windows Mobile?

Even if a good number of Apple supporters try to convince me that the iPhone is a great business tool, I still think Blackberry is the best gadget at a corporate level.

I’m also still looking forward to see Android positioning as a real alternative to BB, because I love openness and standarization, both of which RIM’s platform lacks from the very begining.

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