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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.
- ASUSTek Computer Inc.
- Borqs, Ericsson
- Garmin International Inc.
- Omron Software Co. Ltd
- Softbank Mobile Corporation
- Teleca AB
- Toshiba Corporation
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.