How does Android fit into this? For all Java's shortcomings on mobile phones, Sun and Java allies such as Motorola had done a lot of work crafting technology suited to the market. And its cross-platform advantages held appeal for anyone hoping to build a broad new mobile ecosystem.
So what did Google do? It liberally borrowed technology from Sun's Java -- including the programming language itself, the syntax of many of the APIs that Java programs call upon, and the virtual machine approach.
If you're ready to drop some money on one of the latest and greatest smartphones, you have some great choices - too many, in fact.
Turbocharged quad-core processors and wireless charging have nearly become standard on top-of-the-line Android phones. As always, the latest iPhone and its gorgeous screen and vast ecosystem of content is worth your consideration. For those looking to break free of iOS or Android altogether, the underrated Windows Phone 8 awaits.
Q. I'm spending more time than I'd like to admit reading and responding to email. It's seriously cutting into my work and stopping me from doing the things I need and want to do. Do you have any tips to help me handle my email a little better?
A. You're not alone. Research firms estimate a quarter of a person's work week is spent dealing with emails, many of them are spam. Who knows what it converts to in terms of precious time wasted. Then you will need to refocus to get back on track.