Google and 34 Phone Industry Giants Launch Android OS
November 5, 2007 11:30 AM
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Google has just announced its much anticipated mobile phone OS named Android and its Open Handset Alliance. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.
Google rocked the mobile phone industry just hours ago when
the true face of its
mobile phone efforts
. The operating system, named Android has been kept under tight wraps by Google, but
caught wind of it
Android OS, available in the second half of 2008, aims to provide a operating system, user interface and a broad array of mobile applications. The OS is expected to directly compete with the market leading
and Microsoft Corp.'s
Windows Mobile "Photon"
, scheduled for release in 2008.
Software Development Kits for Android
will be available in within days
-- on November 12. Early support for third parties is very refreshing, in contrast to smartphone rival Apple Inc.
whose mobile version of OS X denies third parties support until February 2008
, due to "security reasons."
The Google Software Development Kit (SDK) promises to provide third party applications with robust tools and equal access to all the same capabilities that Google's first party applications enjoy. Programmers can add capabilities based on the users contacts, calendar, or geographic location.
Mashups, according to Google, are a must.
The OS also
has some powerful industry support
. Thirty-four companies have formed the "Open Handset Alliance," which worked with Google to develop the OS and will continue to aid it is growth and release. The alliance, of which Google is the founding member, features such communication giants as T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm and Motorola.
American carriers can look forward to Android accelerating development of new mobile services and also aiding hardware development by adding a foundation for wireless communication.
"Google has been an established partner for T-Mobile’s groundbreaking approach to bring the mobile open Internet to the mass market. We see the Android platform as an exciting opportunity to launch robust wireless Internet and Web 2.0 services for T-Mobile customers in the US and Europe in 2008," said René Obermann, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom, parent company of T-Mobile.
Google's CEO Eric Schmidt also raved about the move, saying, "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."
While Schmidt attempts to downplay the significance of a Google Phone, the fact that the company
anticipated forking over $4.6 billion for the 700 MHz wireless spectrum
already confirms some kind of device is in the works.
Google Maps and GMail are currently available on many phones, and will be among the Google first party applications provided by Google.
The news follows a flurry of recent activity from Google. Recently Google's wildly popular free email service, achieved premier status by
implementing IMAP support
, and Google also recently announced that it will soon be rolling out
second iteration of GMail
, dubbed "GMail 2.0".
As Google launches its OS into the mobile phone market, many may speculate how long it will be before the media giant decides to go for the jugular and take on Microsoft's Windows OS in the personal computer OS market. After all Google has everything else --
a trans-Pacific digital lines project
$30 million dollar moon project
, and a
partnership with Myspace.com
-- so why not a desktop OS?
A mobile phone OS seems to indicate Google phones are all but confirmed at this point. However instead of a monolithic approach as with the Apple iPhone, impending Google ubiquity will likely come, at least at first, via third-party support.
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11/6/2007 2:22:17 AM
A collection of views on the subject across the web-
Microsoft already has an alliance of its own that includes 48 equipment makers, 160 mobile operators in 55 countries, and thousands of independent software vendors.
Also about 18,000 applications are already built on Windows Mobile, for use in large businesses and by consumers.
why mobile software developers should shift focus from the iPhone, Symbian, mobile Linux, and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
"On the one hand, an open platform such as Android is a good thing, because it will make applications cheap and more available, but it is bad thing because fragmentation is a serious issue with any kind of open platform," said Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "Google has described a scenario that is kind of loosey-goosey, which could mean that different carriers insist on different build-outs of Android. Interoperability will suffer."
For business users, anything developed with Android is "pretty much dead," Dulaney said. "Business users need interoperability, so this is not a business play at all. This is for consumers and won't be something on our recommended list."
Jack Gold, an analyst at J.Gold Associates LLC, suggested that OHA members will need to focus on making Android applications uniform across their entire base. "How does their strategy work?" Gold asked. "I'm skeptical that they can pull this off."
"It seems rather lifeless to me" .......
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