Google announced the Open Handset Alliance and its first product, the open source Android mobile phone platform, which is based upon Linux. Android consists of an OS, middleware, a user interface, and applications.

Thank god Google did not try to do a mobile phone. They should stick with the software as that is the "thing" they know how to do. There are too many things to take care of when dealing with hardware.

It is good to see that there is going to be competition in the mobile OS field. Players like OpenMoko, Maemo, Ubuntu and other Linux based operating systems have already made a way for Google but Linux has still lacked credibility. Now there is THE major Internet company moving to the same direction. Now if anyone says that Linux is not going to be one of the mobile OS players they should recheck their wirings.

Check the link: http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/

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