The Open Handset Alliance recently announced the Android platform, which is an open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. 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 a mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal, and more flexible mobile experiences.
The Android platform is a fully integrated mobile “software stack” that consists of an operating system, middleware, user-friendly interface, and applications. The new 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 Alliance will soon release an early access software development kit to provide developers with the tools necessary to create innovative and compelling applications for the platform.
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. 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 mobile experience.
The Open Handset Alliance is a multinational alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders. The goal of the Alliance is to foster innovation on mobile devices and give consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available on today’s mobile platforms. Founding members of the Open Handset Alliance are Aplix, Ascender Corporation, Audience, Broadcom, China Mobile, eBay, Esmertec, Google, HTC, Intel, KDDI, LivingImage, LG, Marvell, Motorola, NMS Communications, Noser, NTT DoCoMo Inc., Nuance, Nvidia, PacketVideo, Qualcomm, Samsung, SiRF, SkyPop, SONiVOX, Sprint Nextel, Synaptics, TAT – The Astonishing Tribe, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Texas Instruments, T-Mobile, and Wind River.
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