Open Handset Alliance


Building a better phone for consumers

Today, there are 1.5 billion television sets in use around the world. 1 billion people are on the Internet. But nearly 3 billion people have a mobile phone, making it one of the world's most successful consumer products. Building a better mobile phone would enrich the lives of countless people across the globe. The Open Handset Alliance™ is a group of mobile and technology leaders who share this vision for changing the mobile experience for consumers.

Innovating in the open

Each member of the Open Handset Alliance is strongly committed to greater openness in the mobile ecosystem. Increased openness will enable everyone in our industry to innovate more rapidly and respond better to consumers' demands. Our first joint project as a new Alliance is Android™. Android was built from the ground up with the explicit goal to be the first open, complete, and free platform created specifically for mobile devices.

Making the vision a reality

Android is not just a blueprint for the faraway future, but a complete platform that will give mobile operators, handset manufacturers, and developers everything they need to build innovative devices, software and services. We are committed to commercially deploy handsets and services using the Android Platform in the second half of 2008.

* Figures above from Berg Insight, eMarketer, and Pyramid


What is the Open Handset Alliance™?

The Open Handset Alliance is 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 Android™, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform. We are committed to commercially deploy handsets and services using the Android Platform in the second half of 2008.

What types of companies are in the Open Handset Alliance?

All parts of the mobile ecosystem are represented in the Alliance. Members include mobile operators, handset manufacturers, semiconductor companies, software companies, and commercialization companies. The current list of members can be found here [ ].

What have members of the Alliance committed to?

All members of the Alliance have committed to making the initial version of the platform a commercial success. Some companies have contributed significant intellectual property to the Alliance that will be released under the Apache v2 Open Source license. Others are working to make sure their chipsets support the platform. Handset manufacturers and mobile operators are working to develop handsets based on the platform. Commercialization partners are working with the industry to support the platform via a professional services model.

Why is an open platform good for consumers?

Consumers will see cheaper and more innovative mobile devices and services, which will inevitably feature more engaging, easier-to-use interfaces -- as well as a rich portfolio of applications.

Why is an open platform good for mobile operators?

The overall cost of handsets will be lower and mobile operators will have complete flexibility to customize and differentiate their product lines. Furthermore, they will see much more rapid innovation in handsets and in services.

Why is an open platform good for handset manufacturers?

Handset manufacturers will benefit from lower software BOM (bill of material) costs and faster time-to-market for handsets. In addition, they will have greater flexibility to customize and differentiate their product offerings.

Why is an open platform good for semiconductor companies?

As cellphone-on-a-chip becomes closer to reality, semiconductor companies will need access to more sophisticated software that takes advantage of the enhanced features of these solutions. The processors of tomorrow will be multi-core and have access to shared peripherals such as 3D graphics, signal processor cores and dedicated blocks for multi media acceleration, etc. Without support for these peripherals in the platform, semiconductor companies have no clear way to give 3rd party developers access to this enhanced functionality. An open platform helps semiconductor companies add support for their newest products in a timely manner.

Why is an open platform good for software companies?

An open platform allows for simplified integration of software components into a complete mobile platform, and the lower acquisition cost of the mobile platform will increase the ability of handset manufacturers to invest in high value and differentiated software components.

Why is an open platform good for developers?

Developers will be able innovate rapidly because they will have comprehensive API access to handset capabilities that are web-ready. They will experience increased productivity because they will have comprehensive and easy-to-use developer tools. And because open source offers a deeper understanding of the underlying mobile platform, they can better optimize their applications. Finally, the distribution and commercialization of mobile apps will be less expensive and easier.

Who can join the Open Handset Alliance?

The Open Handset Alliance brings together companies in the mobile ecosystem that each contribute to the effort in various ways. We welcome companies willing to make serious and ongoing contributions to openness in the mobile world.

Who do we contact to learn about joining the Open Handset Alliance?

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Mobile Operators

China Mobile Communications Corporation
KDDI is a telecommunication operator that provides wide-ranging services from mobile to fixed in Japan.
NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications operator, with 53 million customers, of which 40 million use the 3G/ FOMA service based on W-CDMA technology.
Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services including the fastest and largest national mobile broadband network, a broad portfolio of devices and an wide array of applications, which enable customers to do the things that matter the most to them instantly and on the go – at SprintSpeed™.
Serving more than 112 million mobile customers in Europe and the U.S., T-Mobile is one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications, and the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)
Telecom Italia
Supplying 34.3 mobile lines, around 23 million landlines and 7.3 million broadband clients, Telecom Italia is a Italy's leading ICT enterprise with a significant international presence in Europe and South America. The Group trades through pre-eminent brands Telecom Italia, Alice, TIM, La7, MTV Italia, APCom and Olivetti in fixed-line and mobile telecommunications, Internet and media, office & system solutions.
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions, with presence in Europe, Africa and Latin America and with more than 212 million clients of fixed and mobile services.

Semiconductor Companies

Audience is a voice processor company that enables clear communications anywhere with noise suppression technology based on the intelligence of the human hearing system.
Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom Corporation is a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, providing products that enable the delivery of voice, video, data and multimedia to and throughout the home, the office and the mobile environment.
Intel Corporation
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live.
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
Marvell is a leader in development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions with a diverse product portfolio that powers the entire communications infrastructure from enterprise solutions to mobile consumer devices.
NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. Its GoForce family of multimedia applications processors are designed for the mobile phone, PMP and PND markets.
Qualcomm Inc.
Qualcomm Incorporated is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products for advanced devices around the world.
SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc.
SiRF is the leading provider of GPS enabled location platforms for mainstream markets with focus on wireless, automotive, consumer electronic and mobile compute devices.
Synaptics, Inc.
Synaptics, Inc., providing easy-to-use interface solutions for mobile phones, personal media players, notebooks and PC peripherals, supplies a variety of user input solutions for mobile devices that make accessing digital content easy and fun.
Texas Instruments Incorporated
TI is a leading manufacturer of wireless semiconductors, delivering the heart of today's wireless technology and building solutions for tomorrow.

Handset Manufacturers

HTC Corporation
HTC Corporation focuses on driving cutting-edge innovation into a wide variety of mobile devices to create the perfect match for individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498.
LG Electronics, Inc.
LG, the brand that is Delightfully Smart, is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG's vision is to supply top-of-the-range innovative digital products and services and ensure customer satisfaction.
Motorola, Inc.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications.
Samsung Electronics
A leading innovator and provider of mobile phones and telecom systems.

Software Companies

Ascender Corp.
Ascender Corp. is a leading provider of advanced font products and innovative applications for mobile devices.
eBay Inc.
Esmertec is a leading provider of multi-media solutions and end-to-end integration services that accelerate time-to-market and reduce operational costs for OEMs and Operators.
Google Inc.
Our mission is to organize all the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.
LivingImage LTD.
A unique company that consists of renowned engineering, marketing and creative experts in the audio visual arena.
NMS Communications
NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) is a leading provider of technologies and solutions for mobile applications and infrastructure.
Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.
PacketVideo (PV)
PacketVideo (PV) is a nine-year-old multimedia software company whose software powers the world's leading mobile entertainment services, including Verizon Wireless' VCAST music and video services, NTT DoCoMo's 3-G FOMA service and Orange World by Orange.
Next generation services for mobile devices.
SONiVOX is a premier developer of audio technologies and solutions that empower consumers to create Sound That Rocks.

Commercialization Companies

Aplix Corporation
Aplix Corporation enables mobile handset manufacturers to have a faster, lower development cost and lower risk route to deploy wireless Java solutions
Noser Engineering Inc.
Noser Engineering Inc. - core contributor of the Android Platform is your integrator and customization partner.
TAT - The Astonishing Tribe AB
TAT - The Astonishing Tribe - a specialist in mobile user interfaces, recognized for its design capabilities and for its software solutions that enable richer user experiences on any platform, to date embedded in more than 140 million devices.
Wind River
Wind River enables companies to develop, run, and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably.

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