Sony Ericsson, Vodafone Join Google's Android Open Handset Alliance

The Open Handset Alliance, the entity behind the Android Platform, has welcomed 14 new members boosting the number of participants to 47 in all (while the rival Symbian Foundation currently has 59 companies).

The new companies which have joined OHA include Asus, Sony Ericsson, Vodafone, Toshiba, Huawei, Ericsson, Garmin, Softbank, ARM and a few more. All of a sudden, OHA is becoming an altogether very interesting bunch.

It could pile up more pressure on other major telecoms companies like Nokia, AT&T, Verizon and even Apple as OHA members will roll out more Android-based devices (including smartphones and even netbooks) as well as providing developers to produce apps for Android.

Rather interestingly, ARM's adhesion to OHA means that quite a few smartphones on the market could soon be dual (or triple booted) given the preponderance of the hardware architecture in consumer electronics.

Analyst firm iSuppli reckons that more than five billion ARM cores will be shipped in 2011, which means that we could find Android even in Portable media players.

Mobiletoday is also reporting that Sony Ericsson will launch an Android-based phone in Mid-2009. in addition to Symbian and Windows Mobile; SE declined to join OHA when first invited and it looks as if the mobile phone manufacturer was sufficiently impressed to jump on the bandwagon.