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Monday, November 5, 2007

Android: The "Gphone" Mobile Platform
By Tony Ruscoe

In a recent press release and blog post, Google has finally announced what many have been waiting for... well, kinda.

Andy Rubin, Director of Mobile Platforms at Google, thinks that what Google has announced is “more significant and ambitious than a single phone.” From the Open Handset Alliance website:

What would it take to build a better mobile phone?

A commitment to openness, a shared vision for the future, and concrete plans to make the vision a reality.

Welcome to the Open Handset Allianceâ„¢, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience. Together we have developed Androidâ„¢, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.

Mobile handsets using the Android Platform are expected to be ready for release in late 2008, although developers are being told to expect an SDK on November 12th this year.

After all the speculation over the past couple of years, what do people think? Is this better than a Google-branded mobile phone?

Engadget has live coverage of the conference call.

[Thanks DPic and Pierre S in the forum!]


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