If Android is to progress from its highly promising start then it needs backers - yep, like these...
In a huge fillip to the open source platform late yesterday Google received news that no less than fourteen additional manufacturers have just pledged allegiance to the Good Ship Android / Open Handset Alliance - star most among them: Sony Ericsson.
In full the new members are: AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software of Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba and Vodafone. Naturally Asus, SE , Tosh and Vodafone are the biggies with the Japanese / Swedish super conglomerate declaring:
"Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform. We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands. Sony Ericsson is a strong supporter of open operating systems and we believe the Open Handset Alliance offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver."
Sadly beyond this none of the 14 members were prepared to talk about their intentions for Android over the next six, 12 or 18 months but it must be said the signs are looking good for the platform given Samsung, Intel, HTC, T-Mobile, nVidia and Motorola are already aboard.
Last month I pitted Mobile Mac OS X against Android saying the former was more polished but the later had the better long term business model. It's an argument which only looks stronger now today...