Manufacturers Designing the Android Handsets

More than half the members of the OHA are handset manufacturers, such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and LG, and semiconductor companies, such as Intel,Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm.These companies are helping design the first generation ofAn-droid handsets.

The first shipping Android handset—the T-Mobile G1—was developed by handset manufacturer HTC with service provided by T-Mobile. It was released in October 2008. Many other Android handsets were slated for 2009 and early 2010.The platform gained momentum relatively quickly. Each new Android device was more powerful and exciting than the last. Over the following 18 months, 60 different Android handsets (made by 21 different manufacturers) debuted across 59 carriers in 48 countries around the world. By June 2010, at an announcement of a new, highly anticipated Android handset, Google announced more than 160,000 Android devices were being activated each day (for a rate of nearly 60 million devices annually).The advantages of widespread manufacturer and carrier support appear to be really paying off at this point.

The Android platform is now considered a success. It has shaken the mobile marketplace, gaining ground steadily against competitive platforms such as the Apple iPhone, RIM BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile.The latest numbers (as of Summer 2010) show BlackBerry in the lead with a declining 31% of the smartphone market.Trailing close behind is Apple's iPhone at 28%.Android, however, is trailing with 19%, though it's gaining ground rapidly and, according to some sources, is the fastest-selling smartphone platform. Microsoft Windows Mobile has been declining and now trails Android by several percentage points.

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