Google announces mobile phone operating system and wireless alliance

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Mountain View, Calif.—After rumors of a Google phone swirled for the past several months, the search leader announced Android, a platform for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and applications.

Google and 33 mobile companies, including HTC Corp., Motorola, Qualcomm and T-Mobile, collaborated on the development of the platform. They have also formed the Open Handset Alliance, a group with a common goal of developing and distributing mobile devices and services through open source.

Google said the first phones based on Android will be available in the latter half of next year.

In addition, the alliance next week will release a software development kit to provide developers with tools to create applications and design products.

—Carol Krol

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