Fake Steve Jobs is able to summarize the Google Open Handset Alliance much better than I would be able to.
“Think of it from the point of view of the customer. When you’re redoing your kitchen, and you’re choosing appliances, do you go out looking for the best alliance or consortium devoted to food temperature maintenance and environmental control technology? No. You go looking for a refrigerator. And you look for the coolest, best-looking, best-designed refrigerator, made by a company that put loads of effort and genius into making something mindblowing. Same with everything else you buy…”