Open Handset Alliance
Open Handset Alliance logo
|Type||Open mobile platform (Android) development organization|
|Headquarters||Silicon Valley, California The USA|
|Membership||Mobile operators, Software companies, Commercialization companies, Semiconductor companies, Handset manufacturers|
|Parent organization||Google Inc.|
The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a consortium of 84 firms to develop open standards for mobile devices. Member firms include Google, HTC, Sony, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Nvidia, and Wind River Systems.
The OHA was established on 6 November 2007, led by Google with 34 members including mobile handset makers, application developers, some mobile carriers and chip makers. Android, the flagship software of the alliance, is based on an open source license and competes against mobile platforms from Apple, Microsoft, Nokia (Symbian), HP (formerly Palm), and Samsung Electronics (bada).
Members of OHA are not allowed to produce phones that run incompatible versions of Android.
At the same time as the announcement of the formation of the Open Handset Alliance on November 5, 2007, the OHA also unveiled Android, an open source mobile phone platform based on the Linux kernel. An early look at the SDK was released to developers on 12 November 2007.
The first commercially available phone running Android was the HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1). It was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on 18 August 2008, and became available on 22 October.
The members of the Open Handset Alliance are:
|Joining date||Mobile operators||Software companies||Commercialisation companies||Semiconductor companies||Handset manufacturers|
See also 
- Alliance FAQ | Open Handset Alliance
- "Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices". Open Handset Alliance. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Open Handset Alliance members page". Open Handset Alliance. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "Alibaba: Google just plain wrong about our OS". CNET News. September 15, 2012.
- "Developers". Open Handset Alliance. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
- "FCC Approved HTC Dream". Engadget. 2008-08-18.
- "Google Is Calling. Will You Answer?".
- "Open Handset Alliance Members". 2008-10-15.
- "Open Handset Alliance announces 14 new members". Open Handset Alliance. 2008-12-09.
- "Open Handset Alliance member announcements". Open Handset Alliance. 2009.
- "SVOX announces its joining of the Open Handset Alliance". SVOX. 2009-05-27.
- "Acer announces its joining of the Open Handset Alliance". Acer. 2009-06-01.
- "MIPS Technologies Joins the Open Handset Alliance". MIPS Technologies, Inc. 2009-09-30.
- "Sasken joins Open Handset Alliance". SASKEN. 2010-01-22.
- "ZTE to launch Android handsets this quarter". ZTE. 2010-01-15.
- "NXP Software Joins the Open Handset Alliance". NXP. 2010-05-18.
- "Access Joins the Open Handset Alliance". Access. 2010-07-91.
- "MediaTek Joins the Open Handset Alliance Continuous Commitment to Providing Multimedia-Rich Android Solutions". MediaTek. 2010-07-12.
- "VisualOn Joins the Open Handset Alliance to Enhance the Multimedia Capabilities of the Android Platform". VisualOn. 2010-11-09.
- "Open Handset Alliance Members Mobile Operators". 2010-12-27.
- Open Handset Alliance official site