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The brains behind the Google Android platform have announced the addition of 14 new members.  The Open Handset Alliance states these new members will “either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant codeto the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem throughproducts and services that will […]

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The brains behind the Google Android platform have announced the addition of 14 new members.  The Open Handset Alliance states these new members will “either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant codeto the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem throughproducts and services that will accelerate the availability ofAndroid-based devices.”  This is pretty big news when you take a look at the new members joining the alliance:

  • AKM Semiconductor Inc.
  • ARM
  • ASUSTek Computer Inc.
  • AtherosCommunications
  • Borqs, Ericsson
  • Garmin International Inc.
  • HuaweiTechnologies
  • Omron Software Co. Ltd
  • Softbank Mobile Corporation
  • SonyEricsson
  • Teleca AB
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Vodafone

These new members plus the existing membership represent most of the carriers and hardware players in the field so this is getting quite exciting.  Of particular interest to me is the addition of Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and ASUS to the alliance.  Sony Ericsson just recently dropped the UIQ platform they have been using and now this would indicate they are going to focus on Android.  ASUS and Toshiba have long been PDA and phone makers and it would appear they are firing that sector of their businesses back up again.  It’s a good time to be a geek.

(press release)

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  1. It’s nice to see someone enthusiastic about this. Seriously. As for me, I can’t get worked up about it at all.

    There were already plenty of members, where are the products? That’s all that matters, the rest is just press releases.

    All I see here are 14 more voices to disagree about where the OHA should have lunch.

  2. From a 3rd Party developer point of view, the more device manufacturer’s that join Google’s Open Alliance just helps reinforce the opportunity for companies like DataViz. We’ve seen great success with our products on Symbian, Palm, Windows Mobile and Blackberry, and all of the platforms have different pros and cons.

    I think we are pretty excited to see what these device manufacturers come up with and hopefully Google’s innovation can be combined with our mobile productivity apps to benefit a new group of customers.

    As such, we have recently announced that we will be bringing our mobile Office suite, Documents To Go, and our Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client, RoadSync to Android. If you would like to learn more and follow our progress, please visit http://www.dataviz.com/Android

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