If you were a bit shocked by Monday's
As the below chart demonstrates, Google is now a different kind of player in the mobile space. First off, the deal also leaves Microsoft as the only major smartphone OS developer not to build its own hardware. Sure, its partnership with Nokia is significant, but Nokia still stands alone as a separate entity (and as of now, we don't lend much credence to speculation that Microsoft might acquire Nokia). Secondly, Google also assumes a unique role of building hardware for its OS while letting other manufacturers use it through open source. How that will affect Google'sand Android's rise will be fascinating to watch ( and explored the various issues on Monday).
For now, though, we'll have to seeif the deal . Google has made a , to be sure, and by acquiring it's entering new territory as a company. But, hey, that's never stopped it before.
Windows Phone 7
Research in Motion
First Palm, now HP
|Does the developer make hardware?|
Not before the Moto acquisition
No (though it has awith Nokia)
|Is it open sourced or licensed?|
Not yet, but
|If yes, which manufactures use it?|
Lots including Samsung, HTC, Kyocera, Sony Ericsson, LG, and, of course, Motorola
Samsung, LG, Dell, and HTC and a few others for now. Nokia to follow later this year.
|Latest U.S. devices|
|What we're waiting for|
Theupdate and to finally make its move