The AP confirms many leaks and rumours we’ve seen over the last few weeks about Google’s deeper push into the mobile software industry. As expected, Google is releasing a free mobile phone software platform, which will be available in mid-2008. Key points:
- Carrier partners: Sprint Nextel (S) and T-Mobile (DT) in the U.S., China Mobile, Telefonica in Spain and Telecom Italia
- Handset partners: Motorola (MOT), Samsung, Taiwan’s HTC and Korea’s LG
- Branding: No Google branding on phones; Google sticking with Andy Rubin’s “Android” name
- Open handset alliance: Also includes Qualcomm (QCOM), Intel (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN), Broadcom (BRCM), Nvidia (NVDA)
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