Broadcom adds wireless combo chip for Android

Broadcom announced that it had added its wireless combo chip to the standard Android platform, which may allow handset vendors producing phones based off Google's Android platform to make cheaper Android phones.

The technology allows WiFi, Bluetooth and FM radios to be put onto a silicon die. Broadcom also said it would allow open access to parts of the company's combo chip drivers, which will give Android developers "a head-start in designing mobile devices and applications that utilize the best in wireless connectivity solutions."

The ability to place all three radio functions on a single chip could mean smaller, cheaper Android phones. It will also mean phones that have greater multimedia and data capabilities.

The move comes just as handset vendors are promising to ramp up production of Android-based phones. HTC, Motorola, Samsung and others have said they will release more Android phones this year. 

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