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ARM Debuts Android Solution Center

ARM is leading a consortium of 35 technology companies to promote the use of Google's Android on its popular mobile hardware platforms, in an apparent bid to create a symbiotic environment similar to Windows and Intel.

The Android Solutions Center includes the likes of Archos, AMI, Texas Instruments and Wipro - not all of which are members of the Open Handset Alliance.

The venture, which will be part of the ARM connected community, will also provide with an array of tools that will help companies create their own hardware devices based around Android and ARM.

Commenting on the announcement, James Bruce, the Mobile segment manager for ARM, said that “A lot of devices are in development and we are confident this move will accelerate that" while Rob Coombs, director of mobile solutions at ARM, told Hexus that "There's so much momentum behind Android and our ecosystem is developing optimised solutions".

The smartbook, which we have reviewed here, is one of the more promising devices that are expected to be released in 2010.

Already, ARM platforms are being used in a number of next-generation smartphones including the iPhone, the Motorola Droid, a number of HTC and Nokia phones and the overwhelming majority of such devices on the market.

Although ARM is compatible with a much broader range of operating systems including Windows Mobile, Linux Mobile and Symbian, it seems that the Cambridge-based company has a preference for Google's platform.

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In a statement, Kevin Smith, the marketing honcho at ARM said that the center would serve as "a one-stop guide to provide developers with the tools and information they need to create innovative devices with applications that satisfy consumers' needs".

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