expected, Google unveiled today plans about it's so called "Gphone" a rumored
open source mobile phone but unlike expected, it's not a Google phone only, Google managed
to create a whole industry alliance around the Gphone. A broad alliance of leading
technology and wireless companies joined forces to announce the development of
Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices.
Google Inc., T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and others have collaborated on
the development of Android through the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational
alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders!
This alliance shares a common goal of fostering innovation on mobile devices
and giving consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available
on today's mobile platforms. By providing developers a new level of openness
that enables them to work more collaboratively, Android will accelerate the pace
at which new and compelling mobile services are made available to consumers.
With nearly 3 billion users worldwide, the mobile phone has become the most
personal and ubiquitous communications device. However, the lack of a
collaborative effort has made it a challenge for developers, wireless operators
and handset manufacturers to respond as quickly as possible to the ever-changing
needs of savvy mobile consumers. Through Android, developers, wireless operators
and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring to market
innovative new products faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be
an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and
manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal and more flexible
Thirty-four companies have formed the Open Handset Alliance, which aims to
develop technologies that will significantly lower the cost of developing and
distributing mobile devices and services. The Android platform is the first step
in this direction -- a fully integrated mobile "software stack" that consists of
an operating system, middleware, user-friendly interface and applications.
Consumers should expect the first phones based on Android to be available in the
second half of 2008.
The Android platform will be made available under one of the most
progressive, developer-friendly open-source licenses, which gives mobile
operators and device manufacturers significant freedom and flexibility to design
products. Next week the Alliance will release an early access software
development kit to provide developers with the tools necessary to create
innovative and compelling applications for the platform.
Android holds the promise of unprecedented benefits for consumers, developers
and manufacturers of mobile services and devices. Handset manufacturers and
wireless operators will be free to customize Android in order to bring to market
innovative new products faster and at a much lower cost. Developers will have
complete access to handset capabilities and tools that will enable them to build
more compelling and user-friendly services, bringing the Internet developer
model to the mobile space. And consumers worldwide will have access to less
expensive mobile devices that feature more compelling services, rich Internet
applications and easier-to-use interfaces -- ultimately creating a superior
"This partnership will help unleash the potential of mobile technology for
billions of users around the world. A fresh approach to fostering innovation in
the mobile industry will help shape a new computing environment that will change
the way people access and share information in the future," said Google Chairman
and CEO Eric Schmidt. "Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single
'Google Phone' that the press has been speculating about over the past few
weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power
thousands of different phone models.
"As a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, T-Mobile is committed to
innovation and fostering an open platform for wireless services to meet the
rapidly evolving and emerging needs of wireless customers," said René Obermann,
Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom, parent company of T-Mobile. "Google
has been an established partner for T-Mobile’s groundbreaking approach to bring
the mobile open Internet to the mass market. We see the Android platform as an
exciting opportunity to launch robust wireless Internet and Web 2.0 services for
T-Mobile customers in the US and Europe in 2008.
"HTC's trademark on the mobile industry has been its ability to drive
cutting-edge innovation into a wide variety of mobile devices to create the
perfect match for individuals," said Peter Chou, Chief Executive Officer, HTC
Corp. "Our participation in the Open Handset Alliance and integration of the
Android platform in the second half of 2008 enables us to expand our device
portfolio into a new category of connected mobile phones that will change the
complexion of the mobile industry and re-create user expectations of the mobile
"The convergence of the wireless and Internet industries is creating new
partnerships, evolving business models and driving innovation," said Dr. Paul E.
Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm. "We are extremely pleased to be
participating in the Open Handset Alliance, whose mission is to help build the
leading open-source application platform for 3G networks. The proliferation of
open-standards-based handsets will provide an exciting new opportunity to create
compelling services and devices. As a result, we are committing research and
development resources to enable the Android platform and to create the best
always-connected consumer experience on our chipsets.
"Motorola has long been an advocate of open software for mobile platforms.
Today, we're excited to continue this support by joining Google and others in
the announcement of the Open Handset Alliance and Android platform. Motorola
plans to leverage the Android platform to enable seamless, connected services
and rich consumer experiences in future Motorola products," said Ed Zander,
Chairman and CEO of Motorola, Inc.
And indeed, the founding members of the alliance reads like the who is who of
the wireless industry including: China Mobile (www.chinamobile.com), Google (www.google.com), HTC (www.htc.com),
Intel (www.intel.com), KDDI (www.kddi.com),
Marvell (www.marvell.com), Motorola (www.motorola.com), NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (www.nttdocomo.com), Qualcomm (www.qualcomm.com), Samsung (www.samsung.com),
Nextel (www.sprint.com), Telecom Italia (www.telecomitalia.com), Telefónica (www.telefonica.es), Texas
Instruments (www.ti.com) and T-Mobile (www.t-mobile.com).
So far, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung were strong supporters of Microsoft's
Windows Mobile platform.
Cheers ~ Arne