By joining the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance, the following companies demonstrate their support for Android as an open mobile platform and their commitment to its commercial success. The new members are:
- AKM Semiconductor Inc
- ASUSTek Computer Inc
- Atheros Communications
- Garmin International Inc
- Huawei Technologies
- Omron Software Co. Ltd
- Softbank Mobile Corporation
- Sony Ericsson
- Teleca AB
- Toshiba Corporation
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.
Open Handset Alliance members’ continued contributions to Android give everyone in the mobile ecosystem a free and complete mobile platform to build Android devices. The new members will add to the momentum of Android device availability, providing developers with an even greater opportunity to deploy compelling applications that will reach a global audience. As a result, consumers around the world benefit from a superior mobile experience that features less expensive devices, more compelling services, rich Internet applications, and easier-to-use interfaces.
For more information around the Open Handset Alliance, visit: www.openhandsetalliance.com
So what does this mean for consumers? Well, even though a lot of the above companies won’t directly build their own handset, we should still see a number of new ‘Google Phones’ in 2009. Let’s just hope they’re a lot better than the G1!