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Four big handset makers to take part in bringing Android to the market among the many other big names in mobile industry

Google's AndroidOS, the development and operating platform for smartphones, is stated to be one of the most powerful platforms in the mobile market. The AndroidOS is built on the Linux platform and allows third-party developers to create mobile applications on top of the Java framework.

Some wireless carriers and mobile device makers such as T-Mobile, HTC, and Motorola are accepting this open platform with open arms while others such as Verizon and AT&T are shying away from it as they feel it will hurt their proprietary platforms.

One Google high-up is confirming the threat Android is going to be to one of the largest selling mobile platforms on the market today, Apple's iPhone. Rich Miner, Google's group manager for mobile platforms, stated after a presentation he gave at the Emerging Communications Conference that devices utilizing the Android platform will be in good position to outsell the iPhone.

Google and its Android platform are leading the Open Handset Alliance with some of the biggest names in the mobile industry such as Intel, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments among the semiconductor crowd; T-Mobile, Sprint, and Japan's NTT DoCoMo in the mobile operator arena; and HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, and Motorola on the handset manufacturer scene. The purpose of this forum is to promote openness in the mobile community through third-party software development without boundaries that proprietary platforms have set.

With the number of members within this alliance and the participation of four of the major handset makers, the Open Handset Alliance could give Apple and other mobile operating systems such as Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Nokia's Symbian OS a run for their money if Android takes off.

"Once you have devices out there from Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and so on, there's a much larger potential market on Android than for the iPhone," said Miner who then went on to state,
"There's a single manufacturer, it's targeted at a particular demographic, and it falls far short of the 1 billion mobile phones sold every year worldwide."

Additionally, Miner remarked that with the launch of the Android SDK, "There are things I saw people doing with the first version of the Android SDK that it seems like you can't do with the iPhone at least at the moment."

Miner, however, does not try to lure consumers away from those proprietary platforms, but goes on to present the opportunities and potential out there for developers of the various mobile platforms. "[If I were a developer] I'd certainly be looking at the iPhone, and if you believe there will be lots of Android phones out there, as we do, I'd be developing for both platforms."



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RE: In other words, re-phrasing what Miner said...
By Pirks on 3/17/2008 4:10:05 PM , Rating: -1
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I believe that there are other high end phones that are better than the Ipod
iPod is not a phone
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Nokia N95 is possibly a much better phone and platform, but nobody would buy it cause it's expensive
iPhone is expensive too, but a lot of people still buying it. Food for thought ;-)
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alot of people just didn't understand what they were buying. Just that it was cool
Tell that to large enterprise customers who were begging Apple for their Enterprise Beta program and ActiveSync and all that enteprise stuff that's going into iPhone 2.0 this summer. Of course enterprises don't understand what they are buying, they buy stuff just because it's cool. Yeah, sure.

OK, next fanatic in line please :)


RE: In other words, re-phrasing what Miner said...
By wayout41 on 3/17/2008 4:23:37 PM , Rating: 4
Because I have never seen an executive driving a flashy car, your right they are all about what is completely practical and not driven by their image at all.


By callmeroy on 3/17/2008 4:46:24 PM , Rating: 1
I've only been on this site for a month or two now and already figuring out that some regular posters have a specific bias for or against something that just sticks in their crawl so to speak. This pirks guy his seems that he's an Apple fanboy big time and anything slightly off the mark he'll try to jump over you on it. I guess even if I spell apple wrong by mistake I'll gather his attention...let's try it....appple.

;)

Moral of the story (post) -- ignore him, he's hot air.


By Clauzii on 3/17/2008 8:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
Talking of bias there, go for it!


By winterspan on 3/17/2008 9:06:55 PM , Rating: 2
I also notice how many ultra-geek anti-apple fanboys there are, like this idiot above who claims the iPhone is just a nice-looking toy and the people who buy them don't really know what they are purchasing.

I find that funny since the Iphone (and iPod touch) is the most useful and powerful mobile device I have ever used.
1) It has a fast 620mhz ARM11 and 128MB of RAM.
2) It actually runs OpenGL ES, and unlike the HTC crap, it actually has drivers for the graphics chip.
3) It runs OSX with Cocoa and an optimized kernel, and even has libraries from Leopard, like core Animation.

So in fact, its actually much more powerful and useful than the slew of crap devices the industry calls a "smartphone".

This is coming from a long-time Palm OS and Windows mobile user. I've had or used just about every smartphone/mobile device in the last 5 years, including Treos, BlackJack, Dash, HTC TyTn, Touch, Samsung SCHi760, several Nokias, etc.
None of those have had the responsiveness, smooth display, and web functionality of the iPhone/Ipod Touch. I literally can easily SSH into my web server and take care of business, and utilize the whole BSD subsystem of utilities.

With the new SDK, I can only imagine the new utility I'll find in it.

I don't want this to be an Apple advertisement, but god I get sick of the morons on tech sites that can't stop themselves from bitching about anything Apple, even on unrelated topics. WE GET THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T LIKE Apple products, including the iPhone. But quit spreading bullshit about it and quit bringing it up every 5 seconds. jesus....


By Zensen on 3/18/2008 1:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
glad you got your rant out of the way? feeling better?

It's good to know your phone can do what you need to do, thankfully we do have other options out there because I know the apple phone cannot do everything that i personally need to do. for you perhaps but for me it looks like a one trick pony (jab)

But there are very good reasons why Android is here and its benefits over the other platforms.


By Will7272 on 3/18/2008 8:13:38 AM , Rating: 2
But in terms of functionality, the iPhone gets owned by almost every other "smartphone" or "pda" on the market. Just on my Titan, I can tether it to my laptop to use it's internet access, set up a wi-fi network to share internet access, use Garmin Mobile XT for navigation, VPN into my home/work networks, remote desktop into my work/home computers, listen to XM radio, watch TV, Youtube and Google videos, send/receive corporate emails from an exchange server, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G speed with Rev. A, and the list goes on. The iPhone doesn't even support flash....but you have the Safari browser so I guess that's what makes it so nice. iPhones are getting push email and exchange support in June but it's going to run like a snail on ATT's network. The iPhone has potential to be one of the best phones ever released but Apple's control over it screwing it up.


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