Google Announces Android, Linux Based Mobile OS
Google today has announced its plans for a new open source based mobile operating system. The new platform called Android is backed by the new Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders.
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. Google says that 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 the Apache v2 license, 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. Google says an early look at the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) will be available on November 12th.
Current members of the Open Handset Alliance include: Google Inc., T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola, Marvell, Broadcom, Sprint, Wind River, LG, Samsung, Texas Instruments and many others.
"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."