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Android now ready as open-source software

Posted: 23 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The Open Handset Alliance has launched for download the open source code of Google's Android mobile handset software. The release is a significant milestone in the group's efforts to spark development in mobile Internet handsets based on the software.

The Android Open Source Project, hosted by the Alliance, uses the Apache 2.0 license as its preferred license. It is also gives individual and corporate licenses at its Website.

Other companies have already joined the Android bandwagon. Wind River Systems said it will provide an implementation of Android that will involve its own version of Linux, third-party software and services to customize the code to a design. The software will be released in 1H 09.

Wind River has already inked a deal with Kyocera Wireless Corp. which announced it has begun development on an Android handset. "Our goal is to make Kyocera the leader in Android integration among CDMA device makers in the markets we serve," said Dave Carey, VP and general manager of the consumer products group, Kyocera, in a statement.

In September, T-Mobile released the first handset that employs the software based on a design from HTC using a Qualcomm chipset. The handset got mixed reviews, but many other Android supporters are expected to follow suit with their own designs by next year.

Many companies highlighted Android running on systems and chipsets at the Mobile World Congress in February, including Broadcom Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc.

So far, the Apple iPhone has a significant market lead with a 24-percent share of the U.S. smart phone market in the latest quarter according to one market watcher. Android is one of the many software options for bringing the Web to the handset.

- Rick Merritt
EE Times

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