Android OS will deliver a complete set of software for mobile devices: an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. Android was built from the ground-up to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of all a devices has to offer. It is built to be truly open. For example, an applications could calls upon any of the cell phone’s core functionality such as making calls, sending text messages, or using the camera. Android OS is built on the open Linux Kernel Open Handset Alliance.
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.
The Android platform will be made available under one of the most progressive, developer-friendly open-source licenses, which gives mobile operators and handset 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.
This news particularly interesting in the face of recent discussions about gPhone. Not surprisingly that Google want to have own OS for gPhone and does not want to depend on third-party manufacturers. And I think this project will successful as and previous. Competition always improves the quality of the any product, especially IT, and is good for users.
But Nokia, Microsoft and Symbian announced that they don’t perceive danger from the new initiative and corresponding Android OS, with Nokia stating it quite bluntly: “We don’t see this as a threat.” Microsoft was a bit more on the defensive. “It really sounds that they are getting a whole bunch of people together to build a phone and that’s something we’ve been doing for five years,” said Scott Horn, from Microsoft’s Windows Mobile marketing team. “I don’t understand the impact that they are going to have.” The Symbian folks stated the obvious: “If Google was not involved the industry would have just yawned and rolled over,” said John Forsyth of Symbian. “We take it seriously but we are the ones with real phones, real phone platforms and a wealth of volume built up over years.” UIQ was a bit more optimistic about the OHA, saying that “Generally, it’s positive for the industry.” Apple wasn’t as commital either way. “We have a great relationship with Google and this doesn’t change anything,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. “They are certainly an important partner for iPhone.” Earlier Palm announced too that isn’t afraid to speak out on the Open Handset Alliance.
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