'Android' Is Official: Handset, Carrier Partners Confirmed

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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