Google's foray into the mobile space is picking up significant traction and it looks like 2009 could be the year for Android.
Late Tuesday, the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) announced the additional membership of 14 more companies: AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile, Sony Ericsson, Teleca, Toshiba and Vodafone.
With one Android device already available, and a second announced for January, the portfolio of Android-based handsets looks set to swell its ranks from early next year. In 2009, we can expect Android devices from HTC, Kogan, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Asus, Garmin, Huawei, LG, Samsung and Toshiba.
With mobile broadband adoption exploding, and big screen handsets becoming popular, Google has also tweaked its mobile advertising options to better support the newest breed of mobile phone operating systems.