The search engine giant Google has made its long-awaited move into the wireless arena with the announcement that it will launch its own software platform for mobile devices. The new operating system, dubbed Android, will be an open platform which will allow third-party users to create new applications. Google says Android will be available on handsets sometime next year, joining existing mobile device platforms developed by the likes of Microsoft, Palm and Symbian. The search engine has partnered with more than 30 of the biggest names in the cellular industry to develop the Android platform under the umbrella of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Members of the OHA include chip manufacturers such as Intel and Qualcomm, handset vendors Motorola, Samsung, LG and HTC, and cellcos such as T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and China Mobile.