Android Gains 14 More Open Handset Alliance Members, Including Sony Ericsson

Taking a look around, the only Android-powered smartphone available on the market today is the T-Mobile G1, a handset manufactured by HTC. Well, the Android community just exploded with some new residents today, because no fewer than 14 additional companies have joined the Open Handset Alliance.

As you know, the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is the consortium of cell phone manufacturers, component manufacturers, and mobile service providers that brought us the Google Android platform in the first place. We already know about companies like Google and HTC has being part of the group, but a few new heavy hitters are making friends with the ‘bot too.

The 14 companies that have just joined the Google-led smartphone OS initiative are:

  • AKM Semiconductor
  • ARM
  • ASUSTek Computer Inc.
  • Atheros Communications
  • Borqs
  • Ericsson
  • Garmin International Inc.
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Omron Software Co Ltd.
  • Softbank Mobile Corporation
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Teleca AB
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Vodafone

Some of the more notable names that you may have noticed include Garmin, Sony Ericsson, and Asus. Could we be looking forward to a Garmin nuvifone that combines their excellent GPS expertise with the open Android platform? How about a great Asus Android smartphone that is heavily integrated with the Eee PC line of netbooks? Whatever the case, it looks like we’re getting many more options and, hopefully, they’ll start pumping out new phones soon.


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