Google's Android Alliance has merely put the spotlight on an already rapidly growing movement to open the OS of cell phones.
There is, of course, some uncertainty about what "open" means in this context. It is, for example, not necessarily equivalent to Linux. It is also not necessarily equal to a single, pervasive open OS.
I, for one, think open is inevitable. And when it comes it will shake things up in terms of who's on top of the cell phone pecking order and/or food chain. More of a shaking than WiMAX vs. LTE.
But with my crystal ball on the fritz (software glitch, I think), I can't imagine how we are going to get from where we are now to where we're going.
That's why I'm going to be at the Wireless Communications Alliance's Nov. 29 Open OS panel at the Palo Alto Research Center's Pake Auditorium at 4 p.m.
Moderated by industry expert Andy Seybold, the panel reads like a who's who of open systems on the one hand and market movers on the other.
- Rich Miner, Group Manager of Mobile Platforms, Google Inc.
- Gerardo Dada, Director of Mobile Operators & OEMs, Microsoft Corp.
- James Ready, CTO, MontaVista Software Inc.
- Alan Brenner, SVP of Blackberry Platforms, Research in Motion Ltd.,/li>
- Jerry Panagrossi, VP of US Operations, Symbian Ltd.
- Victor Brilon, Convergence Product Manager, Nokia Inc.
Entrance fee is $20 at the door or $15 in advance using PayPal or a credit card.
More information is available at www.wca.org.