Back in the fall of 2007, when Google first announced the establishment of the Open Handset Alliance, big companies (including Samsung, Motorola, LG and HTC) were mentioned among its founders, and all of them gave their endorsement for the open source Android platform.
Today, 14 other companies have joined the Alliance, and perhaps the most important one is Sony Ericsson. The Swedish-Japanese joint venture announced its intention to develop “a handset based on the Android platform”, although it didn’t say when this will happen.
Anyway, the rest of the names that joined the OHA are: AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin, Huawei, Omron Software, Softbank, Teleca AB, Toshiba and Vodafone.
So now all the big handset manufacturers are supporting Android, save for Nokia. But the Finnish giant probably doesn’t care about being left out, since it has established the Symbian Foundation, which should release an open source Symbian OS that will surely compete with Android.
All in all, things are getting really exciting on the open source side of mobile platforms, and I believe Apple and Microsoft should seriously think about all this too.
Via Press Release
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