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First ever phone expected to be used in space will be a Google Android powered device

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First ever phone expected to be used in space will be a Google Android powered device
Strange as it may be, we apparently have yet to bring a working mobile phone into space, but now that's all about to change thanks to British engineers. You'd think that we would've done something like this years ago, but surprisingly, we have yet to accomplish the task of putting a mobile phone in space.

Of all the phones out there, it appears that the device that's going to be blessed with the astonishing title of being the first phone in space will be none other than a Google Android powered device. However, the exact model of it has yet to be disclosed – but we're sure Google is proud of this historic event nevertheless. The team at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited in Guildford are finally bringing this all to reality in order to test the ruggedness of today's phones and see whether or not they can endure the challenging environment of space.

Additionally, the handset will be used to control a 30cm-long satellite and will take some snapshots of our planet later in the year. Previously, phones have been catapulted to high altitudes with the aid of balloons, but this is going to be the first time ever that a cell phone is going into space. So while we're all looking up at the sky, we can rest knowing that some green little Android powered handset is looking down at us.

source: BBC via Textually

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posted on 24 Jan 2011, 11:22

1. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

It seems only appropriate to make it an Evo. First at many things and the space shuttle was one of the last items of evolution in the commercial. What better phone than to pick up where the shuttle left off? First also means means first to Space.

John B.

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 21:33

5. pinger (unregistered)

Slammer- the Evo is a U.S. only phone functioning only on CDMA/WiMAX- and this is a work by a British firm, so It's liklely to be a GSM model.

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 15:27

2. Pings (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I hope its not the EVO. Lets send a next gen Android powered device up into space.

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 19:50 1

3. frankfurter (unregistered)

sweet. if they can get the phone to stop giving force close errors and opening random apps on its own, they can give it a good ol' hard reset. hell they might as well just bring it along to be the first phone destroyed in frustration in space. android fails.

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 19:59

4. LionStone (Posts: 849; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

It's only logical they use an Android for the job...

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 09:22

6. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Would hope and like to see the Atrix on board the Space Station or any with a DUAL core. but as long it's Android it will be the first NO IPHONE IN SPACE.

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 21:05

7. ladygaga (unregistered)

Iphone tears are yummy...

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