Open Handset Alliance: 47 Members. 1 Phone.
You wouldn’t know it from the number of Android handsets on the market, but support for Google’s (GOOG) new mobile operating system is growing. This morning, Open Handset Alliance, a coterie of tech companies dedicated to promoting the OS, added 14 new partners to its roster. Among them, device manufacturers like Sony Ericsson and Toshiba, chipmakers like ARM (ARMH) and Atheros (ATHR), and carriers like Softbank and Vodafone (VOD). With OHA already counting T-Mobile, Motorola (MOT), Sprint Nextel (S), NTT Docomo (DCM), HTC, Qualcomm (QCOM), Intel (INTC) and Samsung as members, it lacks only AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Nokia (NOK). Glaring omissions, these. AT&T and Verizon are the two largest carriers in the states, and Nokia controls more than a third of the handset market. Still, the Android ecosystem is clearly well established. Now if the OHA could only begin populating it with a few more handsets beyond the T-Mobile G1, currently its lone inhabitant.