Android and the Open Handset Alliance

Wednesday, 7th November, 2007

This story is all over the net and the papers. Most of the stories just regurgitate the official press releases, which are here. By now everyone will know what it is, so I won’t bore you with that here.

The OHA developers’ page says that they “will make available an early look at the Android™ SDK on November 12, 2007.” On the Android FAQ they promise the SDK and “complete documentation”.

Why is it interesting to me?

  • First off, it shows I was right not to rush into learning Symbian.
  • Nuance are involved in the alliance (Nuance press release). On the OHA member quotes page, the Nuance rep says, “By packaging and optimizing embedded speech technology components for open-source distribution, we’ve given developers the opportunity to access speech solutions through open APIs using the Android platform and to easily upgrade to new, more advanced speech features as well”. So they have packaged and embedded speech technology components (not including new, more advanced speech features) for open-source distribution. It’ll be interesting to see exactly what that means.
  • If Android is open and well-documented, it may be a worthwhile target platform for an MRCP client. For example, OpenMRCP may run on it more-or-less out-of-the-tarball.

More news on or around next Monday.

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2 Responses to “Android and the Open Handset Alliance”


  1. […] Back in November, Nuance claimed to have packaged and embedded speech technology components for open-source distribution. If these components have been removed from Android, maybe they could be released independently. […]


  2. […] « Android and the Open Handset Alliance Speech Recognition removed from Android […]


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