New Industry wide open software for phones

Some of you may have heard of Google coming up with their own “G-phone” well, there is news, somewhat about the so called G-Phone. Well don’t be too happy yet but this interesting bit of news might actually herald the coming of the G-Phone… or not. A new open software platform called Android has been announced and its a collaboration between Google Inc., T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and others through the Open Handset Alliance. Big phone brands like HTC, Motorola, Samsung and LG have already been linked to it and we can expect a roll out of phones with the software to come out in the second half of 2008.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. 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.

The inclusion of HTC in the group is interesting considering that HTC rolls out quite a bit of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. So come second half 2008 will we be seeing less Microsoft based HTC products? Well we can only wait and see.

Read on for more. (News courtesy of Gizmodo)


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