Open Handset Alliance

Andy Rubin writes goodbye letter to Android partners

Andy Rubin writes goodbye letter to Android partners

Andy Rubin leaving the Android team was definitely the most shocking news of the day. He was the person who started the entire movement, from mentioning it to Google back in 2004, to releasing the first Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, in October 2008. Now Android is the most widely-used mobile operating system today, with over 1.35 million activations a day, and a total of 750 million Android devices being activated altogether.

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OHA gets 14 new Android fans: ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Garmin & more onboard

OHA gets 14 new Android fans: ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Garmin & more onboard

The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has announced fourteen new members, including ASUS, Sony Ericsson and Garmin, together with carrier Vodafone.  While the specific intent of the new members is unknown, they will all 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." 

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Motorola to feature Android on upcoming handsets

Motorola to feature Android on upcoming handsets

If this were a game of poker, Motorola would have just put all their chips in. In fact, while one of the first members of the Open Handset Alliance, it is only now that Motorola is making their plans public to incorporate the Android OS on a great number of their upcoming handsets.

The idea here is that Android will make it easier for Motorola to develop new handsets faster and will boost profits. Since smartphones are slowly taking over the standard handset market, Android is the perfect way to enter the world of smartphones while keeping costs low.

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T-Mobile G1 Q&A brings further insight to device

T-Mobile G1 Q&A brings further insight to device

After the demo video finished and the execs announced the pricing and availability, the T-Mobile G1 event turned to the audience with plenty of questions about the device, the platform and everything in between.

Let's touch on a few of the questions and their respective answers:

The G1 will not tether. You will have to purchase a voice plan as well and it can read Word and Excel files and GMail push will be supported. There won't be desktop sync, but there will be a back-end one.

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Qualcomm Android Phone – it even runs Quake!

Qualcomm Android Phone – it even runs Quake!

Qualcomm is at CTIA these year showing off the incredible functionality of some of their chips. One way they decided to show off this functionality was throwing together an Android phone. Then they put Quake on it.

Quake, a Doom-Like FPS from the good old days of PC gaming, is a fairly demanding game, especially considering they had it running, in full, in 3D, at 30 frames per second at a VGA resolution. This just goes to show that not only is Android a freaking amazing platform to be able to pull this off on the software side, but Qualcomms silicon chips are equally amazing for being able to pull it off on the hardware side of things.

Verizon opening up its doors to everyone

Verizon opening up its doors to everyone

Early next year VZW will publish a set of standards allowing anyone to make a device or a program to run on their network. As long as it follows the standards, and passes their tests, you are in.

That means you could literally build a phone on a breadboard, send it in, and as long as it passes the tests, they’ll activate it for you. Who would have ever thought that GSM, EDGE, CDMA, EV-DO, HSDPA, and HSUPA chips would become available to general public for purchase for use in their devices?

First Blood: seeing what the Android SDK can do more or less out of the box

First Blood: seeing what the Android SDK can do more or less out of the box

Well, it appears that SkyPop has an Android reference device, basically a phone they can install the OS onto and use to test out their apps. And they have been putting it to good use.

Seemingly on the same day the SDK came out, due to its ease of use, the engineer for SkyPop threw together a Sudoku app, a buddy location finder app, and a team geo-caching app. Pretty amazing for the first couple of days, no?

Android SDK Released Today

Android SDK Released Today

It’s been a long week waiting around for more updates or really anything new regarding the Open Handset Alliance or Android. Alas, today is November 12th, and they have released the SDK for Android.

Not only have they dropped the SDK on us, but $10 millions dollars up for grabs by the developers who make the best Android based apps. If you are a first time programmer, there are several tutorials, tips, toolkits, API’s, the list goes on, but they are all there to help you get started, so this competition, if you will, isn’t limited to those who have PhD’s in Computer Science or 30 years of programming experience, anyone with the desire to make something great can get in on the action.

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