More mobile makers join Android alliance
Fourteen new recruits
Open Handset Alliance, the Google-backed group behind Android, has recruited 14 more companies to work on the open-source mobile operating system.
The org's new members include major handset makers, mobile service providers, and chipmakers, including ARM, Asustek, Garmin, Huawei Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, and Vodafone.
"New members will either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices," the group stated.
Mobile chipmaker ARM intends to share its processor know-how with the group, while most of the mobile punters promise that Android handsets will be forthcoming.
ASUS and Sony Ericsson specifically stated that Android devices are in the works, but didn't offer a time frame. Huawei said it would "deploy Android devices towards 2009."
Other firms joining the Android fold today are AKM Semiconductor, Atheros, Borqs, Ericsson, Omron, Softbank Mobile, and Teleca AB. ®
No, it's not the end.
ARM unlike Intel is very "open" and non-OS centric. virtually all Windows Mobile/CE, Linux, Symbian, Maemo etc run on ARMs. Virtually every GPS, high end smart media player and smart phone runs ARM.
Android may be open source, but like Linux on Archos, don't expect many (or any) of these guys to make an open handset.
I'd like to think that the mobile industry...
... is embracing Android for the sake of standardisation and interoperability, both laudable aims.
But honestly, I think most are simply crapping themselves over the rise of the iPhone; they just want sanctuary in Googles creation.
If only all of this 'desire for a single stack' came a few years ago, maybe the Jesus Phone wouldn't have been such a shock. Instead, they 'innovated' with crap we didn't really want, and (apart from a few laudable efforts using Symbian and others) just sat around with their own crapware while feature-creeping like the Joneses.
Off now, need to take this 3G video call (like anybody does)!
all your pockets are belong to us?
Does the Googlebeast publish what kind of data it collects and what it plans to do with it?
For example, will it be tracking and selling your 'movements'?
I guess that information could be of value to both sewage companies and the drain dwelling data pimps?
I find the whole thing rather unsavoury and unsettling, yes you get a minor advance in phone technology and a shiny new OS to tinker with but at the cost of your privacy?
or is privacy rapidly becoming an outdated concept?
I guess in a world of no privacy then there is just "Rite" or "Rong", but who decides those parameters?
The loony Home Secretary Wacki Jacqui?
All it would take is a couple more homeland terrorist attacks and the definitions of Rite & Rong could be tightened and then standing in the back of a garden centre comparing the costs of the stores fertilizer with that of an on-line supplier could have you on a "list" if say the garden centre backed on to a Mosque?
PIM: "you have searched for fertilizer, did you mean to search for nails?"
User Profile 101: "hmm I could do with some nails to fix the fence that blew down, yes"
PIM: "your activity has been flagged inappropriate citizen, lay on the floor immediately and place your device in front of you, a collection team will be with you shortly"
User Profile 101: "wuh?"
PIM: "Open your Maps app you will be able to track the arrival of your collection team"
User Profile 101: "wha?"
PIM: "We notice that you have previously searched for aluminium sheeting, did you mean to search for tin foil hat?"
User Profile 101: "oh sweet jesus!" <hits the end key repeatedly>
PIM: "Downloading HOT EXPLOITED TEENS IN GOAT LOVE JAMBOREE.MOV"
User Profile 101: "WTF!?! WTF?!? WHY!! ?! I DIDDN'T DO THAT!?! HOLY CRAP!!!"
PIM: "Download complete"
User Profile 101: "What?!!! ARGH NOOO!" <movie clip starts playing> <throws handset in ornamental fountain>
PIM: "your Collection Team has arrived, oh goaty oh goaty oh goaty oh"
User Profile 101: "I'm innocent!"
Collection team agent 75: "of course sir, Please be aware that wilful destruction of Local Googlement property is againstt the law and..."
Collection team agent 62: "We've located his PIM sir, it seems to be showing some kind of extreme p0rn sir, hold on, a message has just arrived"
PIM: "We notice that you have shown interest in ornamental fountains, did you mean to search for garden waste disposal?"
Hooded Yoof outside Mosque 008: "haha Amitt that's the third crinkly you've nailed this week! high sc0rez man!!"