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Enter… the gPhone!

November 6, 2007

So Android was announced today as expected, not *a* gPhone but a development platform for mobile phones.

So what is this android platform?

Well, it is Linux based and available under Apache license , and supported by 34 companies including carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint, manufacturers like HTC and Samsung, notable semiconductor companies like Intel and TI and also software companies such as eBay (think Skype).

It is worth noting that from the phone manufacturers Apple, Microsoft and Nokia are missing, because of course they are supporting their own platforms be it Apple’s OSX, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Nokia OSSO/Maemo (and of course symbian) . Though Nokia is interested in Linux it wouldn’t make sense for them to just drop Maemo and support Android, so I think it will be interesting to see how those two develop and compete in the near future.

I was also surprised to see HTC in there, they have been doing the coolest Windows Mobile devices for quite a long time, I didn’t expect them exploring Linux.

I also found interesting the mentioning on Virtual Machines / virtualization in many sources, I wonder if they are talking about VMs as in Java / .NET or more like VMWare or Xen. If it is the second this could really get interesting.

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One comment

  1. So Android was announced today as expected, not *a* gPhone but a development platform for mobile phones.

    Indeed I think of both instead:
    – a Google Phone device running Android OS.



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