Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) announced that the company has joined the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders, and will support Android software stack on its mobile platforms. Ericsson now supports all major operating systems on its mobile platforms.
Ericsson will support the Android software stack on selected platforms, both with external application processors and integrated solutions. Ericsson will also contribute with necessary software interfaces and drivers to the Android Open Source Project in order to further support the development of Android. Mobile platforms from Ericsson supporting Android will be available by mid-2009.
Robert Puskaric, head of Ericsson's mobile platforms' business, says: "By becoming a member of the Open Handset Alliance and supporting Android, Ericsson further strengthens its Open OS offering to device manufacturers. Android is set to become a significant application framework for mobile phones and our goal is to provide our customers with platforms that enable them to be successful."
Ericsson supports all major operating systems on its platforms. Ericsson is a licensee of Symbian and supports this with several different application processors. Ericsson is also a licensee of Windows Mobile and has delivered Windows Mobile-based platforms to a number of mobile phones around the world. Ericsson will now also offer Linux-based platform solutions.
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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. The market leader in 2G and 3G mobile technologies, Ericsson supplies communications services and manages networks that serve more than 195 million subscribers. The company's portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure and broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and developers. The Sony Ericsson joint venture provides consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.
Ericsson is advancing its vision of "communication for all" through innovation, technology and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 70,000 employees generated revenue of USD 27.9 billion (SEK 188 billion) in 2007. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and NASDAQ.
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