David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for The New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an e-mail column and an online video. In addition, he writes Pogue's Posts, one of The Times's most popular blogs. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News, a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition," and a regular on CNBC.
With over three million books in print, David is one of the world's best-selling how-to authors. He is the author or co-author of seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own line of complete, funny computer books, the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles.
David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in music, and he spent 10 years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals.
He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the Shenandoah Conservatory.
David Pogue: Well, Android is Google’s cell phone operating system. They have some beautiful demonstration videos on their website. And it’s quite attractive and extremely easy to use, sort of iPhone-like in its way.
And the really exciting thing is that it is meant to be opened. It is meant to be added on to and you’re supposed to pick programs that you like and install them.
And the pro of this is it’ll make these phones much more useful and personalizable and interesting to the owners. The downside is they’re turning into PCs. They will have to be troubleshot and they’ll be much more complex and who are you going to call when something doesn’t work? Google?
The Android phones are direct competitors to the iPhone and so will Verizon’s new phone. They are saying that their phones will soon be open to third-party programs as well.
So it’s just a whole new world where the phone becomes much more than a phone and that’s really the ground that the iPhone broke.
Recorded on May 15, 2008