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Google's Android overview.  (Source: Google)
Android Developer Challenge offers phone programmers a chance at big bucks

For only having been announced one week ago, the Google Android handset operating system from Google and the Open Handset Alliance has been generating a lot of fevered press statements, blog postings and dreams for developers and consumers. Google has now made the Android SDK available for download for -- you guessed it -- free.

Android applications are written in Java and run on a specialized virtual machine, which then runs on a Linux 2.6 kernel. Rather than using the GPL license, Android is currently licensed under the Apache v2 open-source license, which allows for innovations and features to be kept proprietary.

Supporting Windows, Intel Macs and i386-based Linux OSes, the Android SDK not only gives developers a chance to familiarize themselves with the environment before the first handsets are launched in the second half of 2008, but it also gives them a chance to collect their share of $10 million in prizes in the first Android Developer Challenge.

The first challenge will take place between January 2nd and March 3rd, 2008, with the fifty most promising entries each receiving $25,000 "to fund further development" and a shot at one of ten prizes of $275,000 or one of ten $100,000 prizes.

A slide from the Android presentation materials shown here makes it very clear that Google isn't interested in playing second fiddle to Apple, Nokia, or Microsoft -- with media playback, OpenGL ES, an ultra-light SQL database library included in the OS, and a mantra of "All applications are created equal" Google seems primed to make more than a small entrance into the mobile market later next year.


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RE: Its never enough for you, Google...
By creathir on 11/12/2007 2:05:30 PM , Rating: 3
Why?
Their "innovations" are not really that amazing.
What have they invented besides their search engine which has just been so amazing you would willingly give over all privacy to them?

- Creathir


RE: Its never enough for you, Google...
By JackBeQuick on 11/12/2007 2:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
It gets crazier. Look at Dailytech even. They have Google Analytics tracking code on the bottom of every page.

Check out the insane amount of data you get back out of Google Analytics when you get a chance. It makes comScore and Neilson cry.

Eventually there won't be the Internet anymore, it will just be various Google services. I'm kidding, but sort of not!


RE: Its never enough for you, Google...
By orgy08 on 11/12/2007 2:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
Next is...Google OS for the pc, its the next logical step


RE: Its never enough for you, Google...
By Polynikes on 11/12/2007 4:12:05 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft is doomed. ;)


By murphyslabrat on 11/13/2007 3:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
No, Microsoft's days were numbered from the day that they started charging more than 50% of the cost of a low-end PC. I use Ubuntu on almost all of my PC's, but Microsoft does have hold of my gaming PC. Though, with the improvement that WINE is making, that may not be for long.

Free stuff that rocks, you just can't lose.


"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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