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AG5 – February 16th Edition

It’s Saturday again so it’s time to hit you up with 5 AndroidGuys we think are worth another look. If this is your first time stopping by, consider this your Cliffs Notes for the last week. 3GSM/MWC has ended and now we start looking forward to the products and services coming in 2008. Android and the Open Handset Alliance are poised to place themselves prominently within the industry and we hope you’ll continue to rely on us for your news and opinion. To make sure you don’t miss anything important, subscribe to our standard feed as well as our podcast feed.

#1 – Android makes its official debut
Finally! After what seemed like an eternity, we get to see it in the wild. What was the initial response? It’s fast and doesn’t need much power to run it! Imagine the potential with cutting edge technology.

#2 – Reactions to new SDK are all over the spectrum
In what comes as no surprise to us, Android’s new developer kit is being compared to iPhone. This will be one of those cases where you can’t please everybody all the time. Get used to it.

#3 – Nokia picks Google for its search
Is it us, or does Nokia seem like they are being really aggressive with their purchases and alignments? Almost weekly, we hear of something else the cellular giant is doing to position themselves for the long term.

#4 – Microsoft likes Danger so much, they bought ’em
Does Microsoft want to make their own handset to deliver Windows Mobile to the masses? Now, if they ever get up enough money to buy Yahoo, we could see a super duper device deluxe!

#5 – LiMo is getting a whole lot more attention than expected
With a full year head start on the Open Handset Alliance, the LiMo Foundation not only debuted 18 handsets at MWC, they also announced 9 new partners. At 32 members, they are breathing down the OHA’s neck. Or are they already out in front?


This Week in Open Handset Alliance News (February 15th Edition)

We changed the title of our Friday round-up article but not by much. Formerly “OHA News”, all we really did was add a few words to the beginning so prospective readers get a better idea as to what’s in store when they open the article up. So how about that MWC/3GSM show, huh? All kinds of goodness came out of it. There was plenty to report on in or out of Barcelona. Without further ado, here’s a handful of things that went down this week for the members of the Open Handset Alliance

Motorola and Nortel have been making eyes at each other (Wireless Week)
Nokia likes Google a whole bunch (Uber Phones)
Piracy suit names eBay in case (TopTechNews)
nVidia potential buyer for AMD? (Engadget)
Intel offices raided by EU (Pocket Lint)
Network interoperability from Sprint (PhoneScoop)
LG reading minds with new phone (Just Another Mobile Phone Blog)
Review of HTC Touch Cruise (GSM Arena)
T-Mobile waiving activation fees through the 18th (T-Mobile)
Starbucks will let you keep using your T-Mobile HotSpot account for 5 years (Information Week)

Microsoft Still Wants Yahoo!

After the counter offer of $40 per share from Yahoo, it seemed like that was all that was needed to end the deal and put it on the shelf. At nowhere near Microsoft’s $31/share, it felt as if there was an insurmountable gap. Not so fast. Seems like Microsoft is countering the counter offer. “So… let’s say $35/share and we end this little thing. Deal?” At one point, they were unwilling to pay so much, but now things have changed. Does Big M feel the heat from all these other platforms and feel it’s necessary to get this deal done before someone offers $37 or so?

You know, I had a dog one time that would growl if another dog came near his food. He never really wanted to eat it. He just wanted to make sure the other dog didn’t get it. I’m just saying.

All Your Mobile OS Are Belong to Symbian

Remember a few weeks back when Apple was bragging up their 4 million handsets shipped stats? Ok. And yesterday Microsoft announced 14.3 million shipped in last 6 months. Hmm, impressive. How about this one? Nokia says they shipped more 77 million Symbian phones last year. And that’s that.

How many Android phones will ship in the first 12 months? Anyone care to wager a guess?

Nokia Leaning On Google

In spite of Nokia’s not so kind words for Google’s Android the Finnish phone manufacturer realizes that business is business, and Google can help them. It comes as no surprise to us that Nokia is embedding Google’s search engine into its own search application on 4 of it’s new handsets. The N96, N78, 6210 Navigator, and the 6220 Classic. Nokia is well aware of the popularity of Google, so they’re giving the people what they want. You can check out the small article here on Techworld.

No Blackberry For You!

RIM is experiencing major server issues that caused just about half of it’s customers to lose service. Every provider was affected including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. No word on when this will be resolved, but I would be surprised if it lasted for more than 24 hours. Why not use this time to get to know your family and friends all over again? I’m sure they would love holding a conversation with you were you don’t check your Blackberry every other second, and they can help you get through your “Crackberry” withdrawl. Oh, and if you’re using Microsoft’s Exchange Server you are unaffected by this outage. You can be sure Microsoft will remind the rest of the world of this as well. The game never ends, eh?

LiMo Foundation Keeps Getting Bigger

The LiMo Foundation announced the addition of 9 more members to their partnership, bringing the total to around 30 players. The newest members are Orange, Access Co., AMD, FueTrek, Open-Plug, Renesas Technology, Samsung SDS, SoftBank and STMicroelectronics. Just short of the Open Handset Alliance’s 34 founding members, these guys might pose the biggest threat to Google’s deployment of Android. Either that or they act as the slightly smaller step-brother who keeps getting Google headlines and brand awareness. We defy you to find an article mentioning LiMo where Android is not in the same piece. It’s nothing but free publicity for Google and pals.

Anybody wanna wager on how long it takes for Google to pick up a few more partners in the OHA? Who thinks Google might just break out their wallet and wave it at LiMo and tell them to put on Android hats?