What Does Google's Android Mean For The Open Source Community? - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
Commentary
11/5/2007
08:06 PM
Stephen Wellman
Stephen Wellman
Commentary
50%
50%

What Does Google's Android Mean For The Open Source Community?

Google's Android announcement today may be the biggest news story ever for the mobile open source community. To add some perspective, I sat down with Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol, a company working with mobile carriers and device manufacturers to offer an open source application server for mobile messaging.

Google's Android announcement today may be the biggest news story ever for the mobile open source community. To add some perspective, I sat down with Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol, a company working with mobile carriers and device manufacturers to offer an open source application server for mobile messaging.Over The Air (OTA): Hello Fabrizio, and welcome to Take Five on Over The Air. Let's dig in. Was today's announcement from Google the tipping point for mobile linux?

Fabrizio Capobianco (FC): Yes, this definitely adds to the momentum that we've seen building since 2001. Google today helped bring open source in mobile even further to the foreground. In order to reach the mobile consumer market, open source software and open standards are vital because of the billions of devices on the market. These devices represent the future computing platform and Google recognizes this and will compete using open source. OTA: Will the Android platform and SDK increase the usage of mobile linux apps worldwide?

FC: Yes, this is one of the huge benefits of open source. Passionate developers will build tomorrow's cutting edge applications for mobile consumers and will build on Linux. Consumers are increasingly demanding access to their email, social networks and other online applications through their mobile devices. It takes a global network of developers to deliver on these demands. OTA: Do you think Microsoft will sign on as a partner for Android?

FC: We'll have to wait and see. Microsoft never ceases to surprise. OTA: What does the Google mobile consortium mean for Nokia? For Symbian?

FC: It's too early to tell. There are a number of efforts underway to support mobile Linux and we know Nokia and Symbian are involved in many of these activities. OTA: Does this new consortium threaten to give more, not less, power to the carriers?

FC: Google's Android platform, the introduction of the iPhone, and the growing demand for low-cost services for consumers is prompting carriers to reconsider how they do business. Lock-in strategies are history and carriers know it. As we look at 2008, the mobile industry is on the verge of transformation.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
IT Careers: Top 10 US Cities for Tech Jobs
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  1/14/2020
Commentary
Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2020
James Kobielus, Research Director, Futurum,  1/9/2020
News
What's Next: AI and Data Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/30/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll