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Open Handset Alliance | Android , Google's mobile initiative


Last week Google announced an Open Handset Alliance to group world's biggest mobile technology companies, chip manufacturing leaders, mobile operator giants and software companies altogether. Giants like Motorola, Intel, Samsung, LG, nVidia, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, Ebay and more are combined under the alliance to prepare an open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices.

Google envisions huge possibilities for the alliance as there are 1.5 billion television sets in use around the world. 1 billion people are on the Internet. But nearly 3 billion people have a mobile phone. And, it will keep growing being world's most successful consumer product.

Android - the operating system, middleware and a set of key mobile applications. Android as a platform will technically collaborate all companies, services, developers, devices and users in the alliance. the SDK for developers is out now and probably it is based on Linux.

What does all this actually mean?

  1. There will be one open platform for all mobile devices in alliance, named Android.
  2. Android will be able to communicate to device features as well as applications.
  3. Developers can develop applications on the Android SDK which will run on any mobile device.
  4. All companies under the alliance are giants in their fields, which ensures the success of the alliance.
  5. Google's vision for the alliance is really futuristic and well timed.
  6. Like OpenSocial is for social networks, OHA is for mobile phones.
  7. Being open ensures the rapid and unrestricted growth of the alliance and will also make it a success anyway.
  8. It is going to benefit all, the service providers, the mobile operators, users, and all companies anyhow connected to the alliance.
Also, Google has announced an open challenge to developers worth $10 million for Android SDK.
All the best, thinktanks ;)

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