Press release, November 6; Eric Mah, DIGITIMES
Google has announced Android, an open platform for mobile devices, in a posting on the company's website on November 5.
Google says that it developed Android in cooperation with the Open Handset Alliance, which consists of more than 30 technology and mobile leaders, including Motorola, Qualcomm, HTC and T-Mobile. The goal in creating Android is to enable an open ecosystem for the mobile world by creating a standard, open mobile software platform, stated Google.
The Android platform includes all of the software to run a mobile phone, including an operating system, user-interface and applications, according to the company.
Google says that Android will complement, but not replace, its longstanding mobile strategy of developing useful and compelling mobile services and driving adoption of these products through partnerships with handset manufacturers and mobile operators around the world.
Google plans to release a software developer kit (SDK) for the platform soon and said that partners should be releasing phones based on Android in 2008.