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Google’s Open Handset Alliance announced

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Created Nov 5 2007 – 7:59am

Sure, we saw this one coming from a mile away [1] but that doesn’t make it any less exciting: Google has gotten all official on us and has announced the details of its mobile OS strategy [2]. No, it’s not called the “gPhone,” silly, it’s called Android and its the brainchild of the so-called “Open Mobile Alliance.” 

Here’s the deal: Google has buddied up with 34 different partners in the technology space (including NVIDIA, Intel, Texas Instruments, Synaptics, Marvell, Qualcomm, Motorola, Samsung, T-Mobile, Sprint, Skype, LG, HTC, KDDI, DoCoMo and China Mobile) to create the Open Handset Alliance (OHA)–a group focused on building an open, fully customizable alternative to closed operating systems like Windows Mobile 6, Symbian S60 and the iPhone OS. The OHA’s first product will be Android, an open-source mobile OS and associated application suite that’s built on the Linux operating system (and will be open-sourced via the Apache v2 License). The Android SDK will be made available to developers on November 12th and Android-sporting handsets will flood the market next year, from device manufacturers like HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. These handsets will be available during the second half of 2008 in the U.S. (from T-Mobile and Sprint) China, Japan, Germany, Italy and Spain. As has been reported earlier, the Android OS will be targeted toward consumers and will be available to OEMs free of charge (the OS will be ad-supported, like all of Google’s other apps). A few observations:

From the looks of it, Google and the OHA are sitting on what could be a real game-changer here, in terms of openness, user-customization and mobile functionality. If everything goes according to plan, Android could usher in an age where mobile devices operate more like PCs, with users downloading, installing and customizing to their heart’s content. At the very least, this probably means that powerful “smart” devices like those manufactured by HTC, LG and Samsung will finally have a more user-friendly, less ugly interface than Windows Mobile. And if that isn’t worth celebrating, I don’t know what is.

For more on Android and the OHA:
– watch these promotional videos [3]
– read this New York Times article [4]
– and see this press release [5]

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