One month ago, the much expected G-Phone was presented as Android, a SW platform for mobile phones, backed by the Open Handset Alliance. The Alliance includes vendors as Motorola, Samsung, LG and HTC, as well as Operators and software partners.
Although the first commercial handsets will only be available by end 2008, and despite Nokia downplaying Android’s impact, the industry is anxious about what Android can bring.
In the clip below, Sergey Brin and Steve Horowitz discuss the availability of the SDK, planned to be open source. They also demo applications on the Android platform
For more, see the Android Developer Channel in YouTube.
Nokia, the leader in a considered mature handset market, has seen iPhone rapidly occupying the mindset of the consumers as the premium No.1 Mobile Phone. Microsoft Mobile has also been growing market share consistently. With Android open platform, and its similarities to iPhone, I would be really worried in Nokia’s shoes.
No doubt Net-heads and Bell-heads are converging, but Net-heads (Apple, Microsoft and Google) seem to be gaining terrain in a battlefield so far dominated by Bell-Heads (Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson). Mobile Operators, beware of the impact on this new devices in your business – both an opportunity and a threat.