Some interesting leaked news are hitting the airwaves today: according to a former high-level Open Handset Alliance executive from Google, the said Alliance was "nothing more than a myth". The one-time company head called the group “oligarchical” and revolving solely around Android: "The power is concentrated with the Google employees who manage the open source project" The Open Handset Alliance The Open Handset Alliance, founded and led by by Google in 2007, contained 34 large and small companies related to the mobile business, and this number only grew over the years, currently standing at 65. The primary purpose of this *open* alliance was to share and mold ideas in the open, creating and maintaining standards together: Innovating in the open Increased openness will enable everyone in our industry to innovate more rapidly and respond better to consumers' demands. Our first joint project as a new Alliance is Android™. Android was built from the ground up with the … [Read more...] about Editorial: Google’s Open Handset Alliance A Myth… Are We Really Surprised?
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Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson today announced their cooperation in mobile broadcast services, a collaboration that started as the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).The charter of the work is to specify the enablers needed to bring broadcast services to mobile devices and to open up the market for new mobile services and terminals.According to the group, a likely service of mobile-broadcast technology is mobile phone TV, a way to receive TV-like content to your mobile phone delivered over a mobile broadcast network.In theory, mobile broadcast could enable mobile mass delivery of any multimedia content.The group of companies believes that the implementation of mobile broadcast services will increase the consumption of media-using mobile devices and will drive demand for new types of broadcast-enabled smart phones with color displays, local memory and applications."Content is king," said Steffen Ring, chief technology officer of Motorola PCS, "but mobility is queen. And we have … [Read more...] about Mobile Phone Vendors Working To Drive Mobile Broadcast
Mobile operators that are part of the GSM Association (GSMA), which serves more than a billion mobile users, are crying foul over the fee structure for standard digital rights management (DRM) protection proposed for the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) by MPEG LA, warning the license scheme is unworkable and may stifle industry growth and innovation.GSMA Chief Executive Officer and board member Rob Conway called the licensing scheme for the DRM technology proposed by MPEG LA -- a company consortium centered on DRM technology patents -- "impractical, excessive, and short-sighted," according to a statement."The GSMA believes that members not only view the 'per device' fee as proposed by MPEG LA as unreasonable and excessive, but they also consider the 'per transaction' fee as unworkable in the market," the organization said in a press release.Industry analysts indicated that while the mobile operators stand little to gain from copyright-protecting DRM, they do have a vested interest in … [Read more...] about Mobile Operators Battle DRM Pricing Scheme
Businesspeople and consumers are becoming more reliant on handheld devices for the obvious conveniences they offer. "We are starting to see users do more with their handheld devices than simply check e-mail," noted Jack Gold, a principal with market research firm J. Gold Associates. "Increasingly, these products support mission-critical activities, such as exchanging sales information with ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications."Mobile devices can indeed improve productivity, but technological challenges can create a number of problems. One of these is that the operating systems and data formats designed for the small devices do not always jive with those found on larger systems. Vendors such as Microsoft, Palm and Research In Motion have developed proprietary techniques that allow their handheld products to exchange data with other systems, but there is now growing sentiment in favor of a standard approach to data interchanges."The need for a data synchronization standard is … [Read more...] about Vendors Ease Mobile Device Data Interchange
Fourteen more companies have joined the Open Handset Alliance, throwing their support behind Android -- the open source mobile platform developed by Google. The most notable new member is Sony Ericsson, which, interestingly, is a founding member of the Symbian Foundation.The other new OHA members are AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, Teleca, Toshiba and Vodafone.This surge in membership will have a huge impact on the mobile phone industry in general, and it will be a boon in particular for open source devotees who would like to migrate their mobile phones to this framework.So far, only one device based on the Android platform has been released: HTC's G1, which is available in the U.S. only through T-Mobile.That is to be expected with new technology and standards, IDC Senior Research Analyst Ryan Reith told LinuxInsider.At the same time, rumors have been rampant … [Read more...] about Open Handset Alliance Gains New Batch of Android Boosters