Now that there’s no more reason to be secretive about it, Google released the names and company affiliation of the 116 judges who helped narrow down 1,788 Android applications into 50 semifinalist winners. Presumably the judges aren’t worried about a flood of email from angry developers who didn’t win.
As expected, a good chunk came from Google (18%). But the remainder are spread widely among handset makers, carriers, chip makers and others.
Two absences? Reps from the two biggest U.S. wireless providers — AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). This, of course, makes perfect sense: Neither is a member of Google’s Open Handset Alliance, while Nos. 3 and 4 Sprint Nextel (S) and T-Mobile (DT) are. AT&T, at least, is publicly opening up to the idea of selling Android-based phones, while Verizon just backed an Android rival, the LiMo Foundation.
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