Open Handset Alliance
= a group of 34 companies that will create a package of free software that includes everything needed to run a cell phone
"the Open Handset Alliance, a group of 34 companies that will create a package of free software that includes everything needed to run a cell phone: an open-source, Linux-based operating system, a Web browser, and a slew of applications, including maps, e-mail, and video-sharing and -viewing tools.
The Alliance includes some of the biggest names in tech, including chipmakers Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM), handset maker Motorola (MOT), wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel (S), and e-commerce provider eBay (EBAY). The new platform will be known not as Gphone, as had been widely expected, but Android—as in a machine made to resemble a human—after a company acquired by Google in 2005. And Alliance partners aren't the only ones that get to contribute. As its name suggests, Open Handset Alliance will introduce a toolkit that will let independent programmers build mobile software and services for Android-based cell phones. Google will in turn make that third-party software available to users through an online store." (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov2007/tc2007115_446986.htm?)