Browser giant, Google, is spearheading an initiative, backed by 30 companies (including LG, eBay, Nvidia, Samsung, Intel and Texas Instruments), to develop an open platform on your mobile phone that will ultimately enable new, advanced and, above all, cheap developments of wireless applications.
Designed to speed up the creation of innovative applications which will affect how users access the Internet on a phone, the new operating system is known as Android. Slated for a late 2008 release, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that Android will, "create a whole new mobile experience for users with new applications and new capabilities that we couldn't imagine today."
HTC is one of the first companies to support the platform with its new Dream handset. Offering a slide or swivel out keyboard, aimed at easy email, note-taking and Internet navigation, HTC say the mobile will be out, in the USA, at the end of 2008. A UK release date is, as yet, uncomfirmed.