Google's Android acquisition appears to bring mobile goodness

Two years on, Google seems to have created what will become the dominant force in the handset operating system arena.

As Tom Krazit reports on the One More Thing blog Google is getting ready to unveil its Android phone software.

Google acquired Android in August of 2005 (most reports say it cost far less than $100m) and now two years later seems to have created what will become the dominant force in the handset operating system arena. Why? Because it's an open platform, which is exactly what consumers want and the carriers hate. Plus now that it's Google, the carriers will have no choice to all get in line once one of them (it looks like VZW first) jumps on the bandwagon.

The capper is that sources say Google will open-source the Android code. How else do you get people using it and innovating? Maybe VMware should take notes .

So what's the impact on the other dominant mobile operating systems?
  • Windows Mobile--I like that Android will probably be taken as another personal affront to the MS monopoly. Plus, Windows Mobile has *never* been good.
  • PalmOS--probably toast. The only way they can survive is to adopt Android...and considering how poorly the company and it's products have been doing, I wouldn't expect much regardless
  • Symbian--probably the biggest disruption will relate to Symbian as they have the largest footprint and have an "open operating system"
I'm just glad that mobile is starting to look fun again. We all may as well get the Google chips implanted in our necks at this point anyway.
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Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.


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