Sony Ericsson and 14 Others Join Google Android’s Open Handset Alliance

Submitted by lalit on December 9, 2008 - 6:13pm.

The Open Handset Alliance that monitor development of Google Android platform has added 14 more members. The new members are AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba and Vodafone.
The first Google Android based T-Mobile G1 phone had an impressive debut. And that has definitely increased the interest in the Android platform, as there are no other decent smartphone OS alternatives to fight against the growing popularity of iPhone. Windows Mobile OS has never impressed anyone and the next version won’t be released till 2010, the Symbian OS already looks outdates, whereas the BlackBerry Storm, which was released to compete with iPhone has received bad reviews.
This leaves Android as the only other viable smartphone OS that can compete with the smartphone king. Hence mobile phone makers like Sony Ericsson and Motorola who want to compete in smartphone market and don’t have their own smartphone OS are joining the Open Handset Alliance. We are not saying that Android is a bad platform. In fact, we believe that right now Mac OS X on iPhone and Google Android are the two best smartphone OSs on the market.