Handset manufacturers are scrambling to get their wares mated to Google’s Linux-based Android OS, and it looks like Qualcomm’s lending a helping hand. The chip-making giant has announced that it’s hooked up with several OEMs looking to launch an Android-powered handset by 2009. It makes sense for Qualcomm to help these handset manufacturers develop their hardware for the Android platform, those handset are going to be packed with Qualcomm’s chipset bits, after all.
Sayeed Choudhury, product manager for system software at Qualcomm’s chip division stated that Qualcomm is working with OEMs to push out “more than five handsets that will use Android.” The hardware offerings in question should offer features similar to that on the iPhone, but at a lower price point. And, Choudhury says that, “Google has really thought through what Apple has just begun to unlock.”
Keep your eyes peeled for no less than 5 handsets running Android . We can’t wait!
Handsets coming by 2009, not this year.