I’ll just quote this verbatim and I’ll be live blogging the call in a mere 30 minutes. I may have to eat my hat.
GOOGLE, T-MOBILE, HTC, QUALCOMM AND MOTOROLA TO DISCUSS NEW OPEN PLATFORM FOR MOBILE DEVICES
WHAT: Industry leaders hold conference call to discuss the development of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices, and the announcement of the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of more than 30 technology and mobile industry leaders.
WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2007, 9:00am pacific / 12:00 pm eastern
WHO: The following executives will participate in the call:
-Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google Inc., and Andy Rubin, Director of Mobile Platforms, Google Inc.
-René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, parent company of T-Mobile
-Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corp.
-Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm
-Ed Zander, Chairman and CEO of Motorola, Inc.
WHY: With nearly 3 billion users worldwide, the mobile phone has become the most personal and ubiquitous communications device. However, the lack of a collaborative effort has made it a challenge for developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers to respond as quickly as possible to the ever-changing needs of savvy mobile consumers. Through Android, developers, wireless operators and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring to market innovative new products faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal and more flexible mobile experiences.