The CEO of ASUS, Jonney Shih, recently sat down with the New York Times to talk about some of his company’s display products. While doing so, he also mentioned the Eee Phone, a device that he has said before his company was considering building.
While Shih didn’t mention Android to the New York Times, Shih did more or less confirm that the Eee Phone was coming.
ASUS joined the Open Handset Alliance back in December of 2008.
Oh the rumors, how they flow. Here’s another gem from DigiTimes, the guys in Taiwan known for some of the most rumorific of news available on smartphones. In a piece talking about Garmin’s plans to ship 18 million navigation devices in 2008, right after mentioning the company’s plans for shipping its Nuvifone next year, DigiTimes dropped this little beauty:
Garmin also plans to launch self-developed Android handsets in the second half of 2009, with production to be outsourced.
There is, of course, no credit as to where that bit of information came from. Who said it? We have no idea, really. Some other news sites are crediting Garmin’s Tony [...]
Yesterday, the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) announced a plethora of 14 brand new members to its clan of supporters. There are some pretty big names floating around in the list, including the world’s fifth largest personal computer manufacturer (Toshiba), and the world’s fourth largest mobile handset manufacturer (Sony Ericsson). Throw in Garmin to find your way and Vodafone to give you signal and you’re set. Still missing from the list are the United States’ largest mobile carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
The list of new OHA members follows:
Today Sony Ericsson announced that it has joined the ranks of the Android faitful by becomming a member of the Open Handset Alliance. The brief press releases can be seen below:
Sony Ericsson extends portfolio strategy to include support for Open Handset Alliance
London, December 9 2008 – Sony Ericsson today announced the extension of its portfolio strategy to include support for the Open Handset Alliance
“Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, CVP and head of Creation and Development at Sony Ericsson. [...]
ChinaKnowledge.com is reporting that yesterday Google extended an invitation to join the Open Handset Alliance to Taiwan’s ASUS. ASUS has been making Windows Mobile based smartphones for some time, and would probably be a decent fit for future Android OS development.
ASUS has been gaining a lot of brand recognition power lately due to its wildly successful Eee line of low-cost, low-power notebook computers.