14 more companies sign up to Open Handset Alliance

Fourteen new companies have joined the Open Handset Alliance, the group backing Google's Android mobile-phone software.

Fourteen new companies including Sony Ericsson have joined the Open Handset Alliance, the group backing Google's Android mobile operating system. The total number of companies in the alliance now totals 47.

Sony Ericsson and Vodafone are perhaps the most notable new members. Sony Ericsson has traditionally used Symbian to power its smartphones but recently made its first phone based on Windows Mobile, the Xperia.

Vodafone was one of the first big operators to announce that it planned to narrow down the number of operating systems used in phones on its networks to just two or three. In 2006, it said that it had chosen Symbian, Linux and Windows Mobile as the three platforms to run its smartphones for the next five years. While Android is based on Linux, it is not compatible with standards being set by the LiMo Foundation, a group creating and publishing specifications for middleware for mobile Linux devices.

Other new OHA members include AKM Semiconductor, ARM, AsusTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, Teleca and Toshiba.

The members will either deploy Android devices, contribute significant code to Android, or support the project with products and services that accelerate the availability of Android devices, the OHA said in a statement.

It is unclear how "open" the OHA is. The OHA Web site says that the group welcomes "companies willing to make serious and ongoing contributions to openness in the mobile world." However, it does not publish its member agreement, and it's unclear if any company can join or if they must be invited or approved. The OHA and Google have not replied to repeated questions about membership in the group.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Open Handset Alliance

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?