Google to launch Android
The project is run with the Open Handset Alliance, an industry association created for the occasion, which aims to develop technologies that will significantly lower the cost of developing and distributing mobile devices and services. The Android platform will consist of an operating system, middleware, user-friendly interface and applications, with the objective of creating low-cost mobile phones based on "open" technology standards. The first Android-based handsets are expected during the second half of 2008. A pre-release of the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) will be available to developers on November 12th, 2007.
Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman and CEO, said: "Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single 'Google Phone' that the press has been speculating about over the past few weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models". Eric Schmidt also mentioned it was highly likely Android promoters would seek revenue-sharing agreements with mobile phone carriers that provide its services and products on their networks.
Open Handset Alliance founding members include: Aplix, Ascender Corp, Audience, Broadcom, China Mobile, eBay, Esmertec, Google, HTC, Intel, KDDI, LivingImage, LG, Marvell, Motorola, NMS Communications, Noser, NTT DoCoMo, Nuance, Nvidia, PacketVideo, Qualcomm, Samsung, SiRF, SkyPop, SONiVOX, Sprint Nextel, Synaptics, TAT - The Astonishing Tribe, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Texas Instruments, T-Mobile and Wind River.
One may notice our industry is under represented as no SIM manufacturer is present in the Open Handset Alliance, raising doubt about the future role of the SIM in Android based handsets.