Google's Open Handset Alliance releases Android SDK

Google's Open Handset Alliance releases Android SDK

Summary: The Open Handset Alliance, a group that includes Google, Motorola, Sprint, T-Mobile and others, on Monday released the Android software development kit (SDK).The alliance notes that the Android SDK is an "early look" designed to allow developers to provide feedback about the platform (see statement).

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The Open Handset Alliance, a group that includes Google, Motorola, Sprint, T-Mobile and others, on Monday released the Android software development kit (SDK).

android.pngThe alliance notes that the Android SDK is an "early look" designed to allow developers to provide feedback about the platform (see statement). And the alliance wants developers on board: The Open Handset Alliance prods developers to join in the Android Developer Challenge, which dangles $10 million in front of developers who build apps on the platform.

Last week, Google and its partners outlined the Open Handset Alliance and early plans for its open source Android software. The mobile suite is expected to power phones in the second half of 2008.

The Android documentation also makes for an interesting read. Among some of the technical details about Android:

  • Android is a platform based on the Linux 2.6 kernel, a set of libraries, multimedia interface and phone applications;
  • The platform includes the Dalvik virtual machine;
  • Android is based on the Apache v2 open source license.
  • The developer kit also includes a plug-in for the Eclipse integrated development environment.

The Open Handset Alliance also detailed requirements. They include:

To begin building applications for Android, developers will need to download the Android SDK to an x86-based computer running Windows XP or Vista; Mac OS 10.4.8 or later; or Linux Ubuntu Dapper Drake or later (other modern distributions of Linux will also likely work but are not directly supported).

Developers will also need Eclipse 3.2 or later, with Java Development Tools and the Android SDK's plugin, or Java and Javac 1.5 or 1.6; Apache Ant; an integrated development environment; and Python 2.2 or later.

If you're a developer taking Android for a spin ping me. I'd love to hear your early reaction.

Topics: Google, Linux, Mobility, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software, Software Development

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  • Some snappy quotes!

    "So we have great momentum, we've brought our Windows Mobile 6 software to market, we're driving forward on our future releases and we'll have to see what Google does,"

    "Well of course their efforts are just some words on paper right now, it's hard to do a very clear comparison [with Windows Mobile],"

    "One of the reactions is, it's another Linux platform, There's 10, 15, 20, maybe 25 different Linux platforms out there. It sometimes appears that Linux is fragmenting faster than it unifies."

    http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com
    ceosteveballmer@...
  • It will be interesting to see what's produced

    With such an open architecture the flood gates are open for all kinds of unique applications. Should there be a good array of utilities for the Android platform (such as IRC and SSH clients) you can definitely count me in.
    John Musbach
  • RE: Google's Open Handset Alliance releases Android SDK

    what processor cores are supported??
    NEC MIPS VR series??
    petebarchetta@...
    • Linux OS??

      looks a good starting point, i would like to find out what processor cores are supported??
      NEC MIPS VR series??
      petebarchetta@...
      • Look at the download page!

        The Linux version is shown as i386. That should answer your question. ;-)

        ttfn

        John
        TtfnJohn
  • No SDK Version for the poor old PowerPC?

    Is there going to be a SDK for the poor old PowerPC platform or have we got to feed the hardware giants some more?
    Atilla the Snail