On Monday Google will announce Android, their mobile phone platform *UPDATE*

phone_step3.gifIf this blog post over at C|Net is to be believed then on Monday Google will announce to the public their plans for creating a mobile phone operating system platform. Partners in what Google is calling the “Open Handset Alliance” include KDDI and NTT DoCoMo and 30 others. The platform will supposedly be open source falling under the Apache License, Version 2.0. The flavor of Linux that Android will be built on top of looks to be that from Wind River.

We will have to wait, very impatiently, until Monday to find out if any of this is true. All signs are pointing to yes.

UPDATE: 11:00 EST is when the announcement is expected to take place according to Computer World. That is 16:00 for you UK readers and 18:00 for you Nokia people in Finland.

  • Linux Pundit

    An important question is why did Google bring Wind River into the deal? The Alameda-based firm is a relative newcomer to Linux, especially to mobile applications. Their only announced mobile design win has been with Palm, for the Foleo and other devices presumably in the pipeline.

    The most likely answer is for tools – Wind’s Workbench presents an attractive and very usable Eclipse CDT integration. While there is a real need for a professional tool set to support a program of this presumed scope, will Google also provide a non-commercial SDK?

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    You’re right about them wanting Wind River for their SDK, but as far as the idea to monetize the SDK … unsure about that. I’m going to say doubtful.

    Can you enlighten us as to what this open source lisence means versus others?

  • pseudofinn

    Wow this is very good news. 😛

  • Mike

    Yes this is great news. !

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