The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a consortium whose goal is to develop open standards for mobile devices, promote innovation in mobile phones and provide a better experience for consumers at a lower cost.
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The Open Handset Alliance is made up of over 30 telecom-related entities, including wireless carriers, semiconductor companies, handset manufacturers and software companies. However, several major wireless companies and manufacturers are absent from the coalition, including Nokia, Symbian, Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Verizon and Cingular.
The OHA introduced a mobile device operating system called AndroidSymbian operating system.