2009: Summer of the Android phone?
The Google-backed group behind the Android phone, the Open Handset Alliance, has announced that fourteen new companies have joined the consortium, with an eye to supporting Android and contributing to the group's open mobile standards
The new members include tech giants like ARM, Garmin International Inc., Sony Ericsson, the Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone.
ARM, which provides chips for most of the mobile market, announced on the company website that they welcome “the opportunity to join the Open Handset Alliance and collaborate with its members who, like ARM, are fully dedicated to enabling next-generation mobile applications and services.”
Existing members include HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Broadcam and Qualcomm, leaving few big name groups out of the OHA.
The OHA was established on 5 November 2007, led by Google with 34 members including mobile handset makers, application developers, mobile carriers and chip makers, and simultaneously unveiled Android, an open source mobile phone platform based on the Linux operating system.
Fans of the Android phone are already blogging excitedly about the new phone tech possibilities that will come from this new alliance and rumours are flying up and down the internet about what can be expected. Initial hopes are that the group will be launching not one, but possibly a whole host of Android phones in the summer of ’09.
What will be interesting to see if what each of the new companies will do with this opportunity: Will Garmin begin to use the Android operating system in their SatNav’s and will Asus build an Android netbook?