Open Handset Alliance

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Open Handset Alliance
Logo of Open Handset Alliance
Wordmark of Open Handset Alliance
FormationOctober 10, 2007; 14 years ago (2007-10-10)[1]
TypeOpen mobile platform (Android) development organization
HeadquartersMountain View, California, U.S.
Region served
Mobile operators, Software companies, Commercialization companies, Semiconductor companies, Handset manufacturers

The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a consortium of 84[2] firms to develop open standards for mobile devices. Member firms include HTC, Sony, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Google, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, T-Mobile, Sprint Corporation (now merged with T-Mobile US), Nvidia, and Wind River Systems.[3]

The OHA was established on 5 November 2007, led by Google with 34 members,[3] including mobile handset makers, application developers, some mobile network operators and chip makers.[4] Android, the flagship software of the alliance (first developed by Google in 2007), is based on an open-source license and has competed against mobile platforms from Apple (iOS), Microsoft (Windows Phone), Nokia (Symbian), HP (formerly Palm), Samsung Electronics / Intel (Tizen, bada), and BlackBerry (BlackBerry OS).

As part of its efforts to promote a unified Android platform, OHA members are contractually forbidden from producing devices that are based on competing forks of Android.[5][6]


Android Operating System

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.[3] An early look at the SDK was released to developers on 12 November 2007.[7]

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,[8] and became available on 22 October of that year.[9]


The members of the Open Handset Alliance are:

Joining date Network operators Software developers Other Component manufacturers Device manufacturers
Founding members[10]
December 2008[11]
May–June 2009
September 2009
January 2010
May 2010
July 2010
November 2010
June 2011
  • Intrinsyc
July 2011
  • Andago

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  2. ^ Alliance FAQ | Open Handset Alliance
  3. ^ a b c "Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices". Open Handset Alliance. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  4. ^ "Open Handset Alliance members page". Open Handset Alliance. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  5. ^ "Alibaba: Google just plain wrong about our OS". CNET News. September 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Amadeo, Ron (21 October 2013). "Google's iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary". Ars Technica. p.3. Retrieved 1 December 2013.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^ "Developers". Open Handset Alliance. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  8. ^ "FCC Approved HTC Dream". Engadget. 2008-08-18.
  9. ^ "Google Is Calling. Will You Answer?".
  10. ^ "Open Handset Alliance Members". 2008-10-15.
  11. ^ "Open Handset Alliance announces 14 new members". Open Handset Alliance. 2008-12-09.
  12. ^ "Open Handset Alliance member announcements". Open Handset Alliance. 2009.
  13. ^ "SVOX announces its joining of the Open Handset Alliance". SVOX. 2009-05-27.
  14. ^ "Acer announces its joining of the Open Handset Alliance". Acer. 2009-06-01.
  15. ^ "MIPS Technologies Joins the Open Handset Alliance". MIPS Technologies, Inc. 2009-09-30.
  16. ^ "Bouygues Telecom devient membre de l'Open Handset Alliance". 2010-01-06. Archived from the original on 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  17. ^ "Sasken joins Open Handset Alliance". SASKEN. 2010-01-22.
  18. ^ "ZTE to launch Android handsets this quarter". ZTE. 2010-01-15.
  19. ^ "NXP Software Joins the Open Handset Alliance" (PDF). NXP. 2010-05-18.
  20. ^ "Access Joins the Open Handset Alliance". Access. 2010-07-29. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02.
  21. ^ "MediaTek Joins the Open Handset Alliance Continuous Commitment to Providing Multimedia-Rich Android Solutions". MediaTek. 2010-07-12. Archived from the original on 2013-04-17.
  22. ^ "VisualOn Joins the Open Handset Alliance to Enhance the Multimedia Capabilities of the Android Platform". VisualOn. 2010-11-09.
  23. ^ "Open Handset Alliance Members Mobile Operators". 2010-12-27.


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