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Just in: Google’s Android OS is coming to the desktop this year

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| Android, you ask? What would a Linux-based phone operating system be doing on 
| the desktop? Running it, perhaps. You see, Matthäus Krzykowski and Daniel 
| Hartmann, founders of start-up Mobile-facts, discovered late last year that 
| Android has two product policies in its code. Product policies, they 
| explained, are instructions in an operating system aimed at specific uses. 
| Android's two policies are phones and MIDs (mobile Internet devices). You 
| probably know MIDs by their more popular name: netbooks.       



Google’s Android May Challenge Microsoft in Portables

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| Google started Android in 2007 as part of an industry effort to create a free
| software system for phones. Based on the Linux operating system, Android is
| open to any programmer who wants to develop features for it. T-Mobile USA
| Inc., the fourth- biggest wireless carrier in the U.S., offers an Android
| phone called the G1.


Open-source systems battle for market

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| Meanwhile, the LiMo Foundation — a consortium of more than 50 companies
| including operators Vodafone and Telefonica, the applications designer Azingo
| and systems integrator Wind River committed to the development Linux-based
| open source software — is preparing to launch new handsets through six of its
| operators by the end of the year.


Android Devices Likely From Sony Ericsson, Asus

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| Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Asus could launch as soon as next summer new, less
| expensive cell phones, based on Google's mobile operating system - Android.
| The companies have stated today their interest in developing devices based on
| Android, and joined the Open Handset Alliance together with 11 other members.


Android answers call for free smartphone software

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| Google decided to create a better operating system for mobile phones, just as
| Microsoft’s Windows helps a user to operate a PC. Unlike Windows, however,
| Google’s software for mobiles, called Android, would be free and “open
| source”.
| The open source concept has been used in other technological advances ranging
| from web browsers, such as Mozilla’s Firefox, to operating systems, such as
| Linux. It means that programmers and developers can have access to the code
| behind the software, essentially its DNA.


MontaVista touts Android readiness

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| To show off its Android chops, MontaVista will demonstrate the
| Google-sponsored Android mobile stack running on top of MontaVista Linux on a
| Texas Instruments OMAP3 system-on-chip (SoC). The demo will be held this week
| at Embedded Technology 2008 in Yokohama, Japan. Last month, MontaVista
| announced that its distribution had been optimized for the Cortex-A8-based
| OMAP3 SoCs.

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