Video Preview: Google Android Platform

If you remember all the recent ballyhoo about Google entering the wireless handset market with a possible gPhone, and their announcement last week that they weren’t going to release the product but instead they’ve created the Open Handset Alliance that ties numerous mobile device vendors to a common API (Applications Programming Interface). As expected Google released their Android Software Development Kit (SDK) yesterday. It provides all of the tools needed to start creating applications that run on the next generation mobile operating system.Android revolves around the Browser and Java, it even uses the same dev tools (in this case Eclipse is the out of the box supported IDE).

Sergey Brin and Steve Horowitz discuss the availability of the SDK, that it will be open source in the future, and demo applications on the Android platform.

Also check out 3 part overview series on the Android platform – Androidology:

“Android is a software stack for mobile devices including an operating system, middleware and key applications. It is being developed by the Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies. Android was built from the ground-up to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of all a handset has to offer. Developers can create applications for the platform using the Android SDK.”

The main repository for the Android API is located here :
http://code.google.com/android

The Android SDK can be downloaded here :
http://code.google.com/android/download.html

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