Mobile middleware and data management provider Sybase has announced it will support devices based on the Android platform, which is backed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance.
Android is an open source software bundle for mobile phones that Google hopes will shake up the proprietary world of the mobile internet.
It includes a Linux operating system kernel, a Google-built virtual machine called Dalvik, drivers for hardware such as cameras and wireless radios, a small database engine, an application framework, and a set of common applications such as a browser and mail client.
A software development kit released last month provides a set of APIs for building Android apps with Java. It comes with a plug-in for the Eclipse development environment.
Android is backed by the Open Handset Alliance, a coalition of 34 wireless companies that last week pledged to support Google’s move into wireless. The OHA includes among its members: T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, NTT DoCoMo, Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, Motorola, HTC, and Samsung.
Sybase said it already supports over 230 mobile platforms including Windows Mobile, Symbian, Palm, RIM, and iPhone handheld devices, as well as Windows laptops and tablets.
It is exciting to see that the emergence of platforms such as Android, combined with the backing of the companies in the Open Handset Alliance, including Google, are fueling even more rapid innovation across the entire mobility industry, and will continue to blur the line between consumer and enterprise use, said Dr Raj Nathan, chief marketing officer at Sybase. This is consistent with Sybase’s Unwired Enterprise vision. We see a future where information can be shared from any system to any user, with the same rich and consistent user experience whether in the office or on the road, on any device.