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China Mobile Joins Google's Open Handset Alliance

Sina Tech, 11/06/07

Google has announced that 34 handset manufacturers and operators have joined its Open Handset Alliance (OHA) to jointly develop "Android", an open source platform for mobile phones. Android comprises an operating system, middleware, a user interface and key application software. Handset manufacturers and mobile operators are free to customize Android, and the first handset based on the Android platform should be released sometime in the latter half of 2008.

High Tech Computer (HTC) CEO Zhou Yongming stated that using the Android platform, the company would extend its product range into Internet mobile phones by the second half of 2008. This confirms previous rumors that HTC was working on a "gPhone".

Founding members of the OHA include:

Aplix, Ascender, Audience, Broadcom, China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK), eBay, Esmertec, Google, HTC, Intel, HDDI, Living Image, LG, Marvell, Motorola, NMS, Noser, NTT DoCoMo, Nuance, Nvidia, PacketVideo, Qualcomm, Samsung, SiRF, SkyPop, Sonic Network, Sprint Nextel, Synaptics, TAT, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Texas Instruments, T-Mobile and Wind River.

Keywords: OHA Open Handset Alliance Android gPhone Aplix Ascender Audience Broadcom China Mobile CHL 0941.HK eBay Esmertec Google GOOG High Tech Computer HTC Intel HDDI Living Image LG Marvell Motorola NMS Noser NTT DoCoMo Nuance Nvidia PacketVideo Qualcomm Samsung SiRF SkyPop Sonic Network Sprint Nextel Synaptics TAT Telecom Italia Telefonica Texas Instruments T-Mobile Wind River Internet wireless telecom software handset mobile phone open source

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