Open Standards Help Smartphone Market
When the Open Handset Alliance was created in 2007 the goal was to develop open standards for mobile devices. Sixty-five companies were joined in an alliance that would greatly benefit the future advances in the mobile smartphone market.
Among the companies involved in creating the Open Handset Alliance were Motorola, HTC, Texas Instruments, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Google, Dell, Intel, Wind River Systems and T-Mobile as well as many more.
Open Handset Alliance Leads to Android Mobile Device
The Open Handset Alliance created, as their flagship software, the open source mobile device platform they called Android. This open source Android mobile device platform now competes against other mobile platforms including those used by Research in Motion, Nokia, Apple, Bada, Microsoft and Symbian.
HTC was the first to produce a mobile smartphone using Android - in other words an Android phone - and it was called the Dream. The HTC Dream was branded and distributed by T-Mobile as the G1 and provided Google’s integrated proprietary applications including Maps, Calendar, and Gmail.
Google also provided the HTML web browser called Chrome Lite. Third party applications provided by the Android Market are provided both for free and for a fee.
The App Store Debuts, Android Market Follows Suit
When the App Store was introduced in 2008 along with the second generation iPhone (at a much lower price), iPhone users could then begin acquiring third party applications either for free or for a fee. The applications could be run on the iPhone provides 3G support.
Consumers could get the applications for their smartphone iPhone by having the apps sent directly using Wi-Fi or a cellular network and thus there was no longer a need for a personal computer to download an application.
iPod Touch users could also begin receiving applications using these new methods and it has rapidly grown in popularity with apps now numbering in the hundreds of thousands with app downloads of more than 3 billion.
These emerging technologies along with ever more powerful phones with better engineering, design and capabilities continues to revolutionize the mobile smartphone market including all forms of mobile device from smartphone pdas to 3g smartphones and all manner of Android operating system smartphones.
Other smartphones have similar arrangements to deliver apps to users for their specific smartphones.
Windows Marketplace supplies Mobile apps, The Palm App Catalog provides Palm customers with apps, Research in Motion (RIM) provides apps for BlackBerry mobile smartphone users, and Nokia runs the Ovi store. All of these app providers were launched in 2009.