Google-powered mobile phones to make a February debut?

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| First came the fervent and persistent rumours of a Google mobile phone.
| Then, just six short weeks ago, the search supremo (and
| just-about-everything-else-online supremo) announced there would not be
| a ‘Google phone' per se, but rather dozens of them from a raft of mobile
| manufacturers, and all built on an open Linux-based mobile phone platform
| named Android.


HTC to make first Android handset

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| Taiwanese mobile-handset manufacturer HTC announced Tuesday that it will
| release its first Android-powered device into the European market in the
| second half of 2008.

Google's Secret Weapon

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| "[Google is] an example of a company that literally couldn't have existed in
| the same form pre-Linux or pre-open source," says Jim Zemlin, executive
| director of The Linux Foundation -- the organization that pays Linus Torvalds
| to work on the Linux kernel. "If they had to rely on Microsoft or Sun, not
| only would it have been too expensive, they could not have done the
| modifications necessary to create their services." * *
| The last point is confirmed by Google's Open Source Programs Manager Chris
| DiBona, who joined the company in August 2004 to oversee and coordinate its
| open source activities: "The thing about open source [is], it's kind of like
| it's yours. Considering that Google does an insane amount of software
| development, if we had to have some of the restrictions that heavily
| proprietary would present us, we couldn't develop at the speed that we do." * * *

Google releases Android SDK

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| Google has released an SDK (software development kit) that programmers can
| use to create cell-phone applications for the company’s Android mobile
| platform. *

Why Google sponsored Android is set to be a market force

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| Conversely, the report notes that Android will be less attractive to those
| that want Linux as a kernel with their own differentiated
| applications. “Android may induce handset manufacturers to differentiate more
| on hardware-specific features, such as usability, enhancing the Web
| experience,” the analysts said. * *

What Android means for Apple, MS, open source, enterprises

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| The GPhone never happened, but Android is a much more significant development
| [...]
| A better approach, argues Dan Kohn, COO of the Linux Foundation, is to pick
| one set of standards that IT will support for calendaring, email
| applications, VPN and so on, and tell users they can use any mobile phone
| compatible with those standards. *
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| What Android means for open source and Linux
| Linux already has a major presence on mobile phones, but the entrance of
| Google and the Open Handset Alliance — which has 34 member organisations
| worldwide — adds to the momentum. *
| "We're a huge believer in diversity of options on mobile phones," Kohn of the
| Linux Foundation says. "Linux is already an important, growing presence
| there. I think having the Google software as an additional open source option
| is only going to accelerate that adoption." *

Linux Sees 'Astronomic' Growth in Mobile Devices

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| "We were very aware that the growth in mobile for Linux was huge, but we
| didn't know it was so astronomic," Amanda McPherson, marketing director for
| the Linux Foundation, told LinuxInsider. "These are very encouraging
| numbers." Why Linux has drawn significant support from the community of
| handset manufacturers can be explained on several fronts, McPherson said. * *

Funambol CEO Fabrizio Capobianco: Linux Is Mobile's Future

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| LinuxInsider met with Capobianco to discuss his view on the role of open
| source in creating Mobile 2.0 as a voice and data carrier parallel to the
| Internet. The meeting occurred in the wake of Google's announcement earlier
| this month that it was negotiating with wireless carriers, handset makers,
| software developers and hardware providers to use an open source mobile
| platform, Android. * *