Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices

Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices
Group Pledges to Unleash Innovation for Mobile Users Worldwide
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.; BONN, Germany; TAOYUAN, Taiwan; SAN DIEGO,
Calif.; SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (November 5, 2007) -- A broad alliance of
leading technology and wireless companies today joined forces to
announce the development of Android, the first truly open and
comprehensive platform for mobile devices. 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.
With nearly 3 billion users worldwide, the mobile phone has become
the most personal and ubiquitous communications device. However, the
lack of a collaborative effort has made it a challenge for
developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers to respond
as quickly as possible to the ever-changing needs of savvy mobile
consumers. 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 an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable
wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better,
more personal and more flexible mobile experiences.
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.
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 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.
Android holds the promise of unprecedented benefits for consumers,
developers and manufacturers of mobile services and devices. 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. And 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.
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