Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Open Handset Alliance Gains 14 Members

Google's Android mobile operating system gained a little more muscle when it was announced that the Open Handset Alliance added 14 new members this week.

The Open Handset Alliance, which promotes the use of Google's Android mobile operating system is backed by a total of 47 technology and mobile companies. Adding AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone to that list this week.

New members will either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices. With these commitments, the Open Handset Alliance will continue to drive greater and faster innovation for the benefit of mobile users and everyone in the industry.

Several companies including ASUS and Sony Ericsson are already promising Android based projects.

"ASUS is a leading handset manufacturer that will soon deliver high quality, innovative Android devices and technology for world class carriers and consumers," HC Hung, General Manager of Personal Mobile Device, BU, ASUSTek Computer Inc.

"Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands. Sony Ericsson is a strong supporter of open operating systems and we believe the Open Handset Alliance offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver." Rikko Sakaguchi, CVP and head of Creation and Development, Sony Ericsson

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