Kyocera joins Android phone bandwagon
The Japanese electronics company is building a phone powered by Google's Android operating system, and Wind River is helping Kyocera out.
Kyocera Wireless is building a mobile phone powered by Android , a move that expands the clout of .
Wind River Systems, an embedded computing specialist that's increased its staff to help manufacturers support Android, said Tuesday it's providing engineering services to help incorporate the software from the 34-member Open Handset Alliance that has collectively built Android so far.
Several other phone manufacturers--HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and LG Electronics--already are alliance members, but Kyocera's Android endorsement shows the technology is expanding beyond that initial group of supporters.
Wind River provides its own "commercial-grade" version of Linux for Android and has partnerships with Texas Instruments, NEC Electronics, and STMicroelectronics to provide support for their hardware. It's not clear when Kyocera's Android-based products will be available, but Wind River's Android software is scheduled to become available in the first half of 2009.