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GPhone news – Google Announces Android Mobile Platform

This is an excerpt from written by Matthew Nichols.


Following nearly a year of rank speculation concerning the release of a Google-branded smartphone, the so-called gPhone, the search engine company refocused the rumor mill this afternoon with an official announcement. Rather than a specific piece of hardware, today’s announcement concerns software, namely Android, an open mobile platform developed by the Open Handset Alliance, a group of thirty-four industry leaders including HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Intel, T-Mobile, Broadcom, Qualcomm, eBay and, of course, Google.

According to a pre-announcement press release, “[t]his alliance shares a common goal of fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available on today’s mobile platforms. By providing developers a new level of openness that enables them to work more collaboratively, Android will accelerate the pace at which new and compelling mobile services are made available to consumers.”

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