The news struck me like a bombshell – an industry alliance called Open Handset Alliance announces a new mobile OS to be licensed under the Apache license(aka no need to give back derived code). Among the members of the committee: Google, a variety of carriers and semicon boys – and, most importantly – HTC.
Many of my colleagues think that this will affect Nokia(S60 OS) and Palm(Palm OS) the worst – however, I think that Microsoft is the one who really has a lot to loose here. Both Palm and Nokia have hardware and software in their hand and can thus afford to loose all other licensees(Palm has already lost most, as for Samsung….their cool-looking S60 phones have yet to hit the road). However, Microsoft doesn’t have an own hardware division doing smartphones(forget the Zune, boys).
Continued at our sister site TamsPPC…