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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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By sj420 on 11/12/2007 2:25:22 PM , Rating: -1
Well at-least they are providing a good example of what companies should do when it comes to their software and the modding communities.

Any company that limits their software by restricted licenses won't be respected in the views of many people. A lot of people won't consider buying if it gets bad enough that people know by word not to buy from said company.

Its good that they are completely open to modders, even providing incentive for people to come up with something. This is what the game companies should be doing with their games and the modding community. Mod team tournaments where people and their mods play it out and get looked at by the company devs themselves. Earning rewards for their hard-work if it is deemed good enough, even taken up like with valve and counter strike (look what that has done for them). However it seems companies have slowly dwindled to preventing consumers from "modifying the software" even practically preventing ownership of the game itself (digital downloads - EA for example) saying that you are buying a license to play the game and they can revoke it when they see fit. Saying that they can apply any kind of restrictions on the game they want, even if it means kicking/banning people for what they say - even though they purchased the game. Last I knew that was Anti-Constitutional. I don't care WHO made the game the constitution stands on it. See, companies should be going out of their way to make each of their customers happy. Because every one that walks away angry or upset and they get the usual run-around ("Sorry for the inconvenience") they will tell the next person, and the next person. A good example is even though I have my key for BF2, the cd is busted up, but even though EA has an effective downloading service, there is NO way I could register my game and download it. Oh but I can download and install the boosters and expansion. This ends up with an angry consumer, that refuses to buy anything from the company again. They've ruined good series that said consumer enjoyed in the past and they did it simply for a temporary revenue boost for their next project that will be the same trash. A consumer that walks away happy may just come back again, with money in hand. EA - Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, Shame on me. No more business for them ever again.

Would you play or buy a game that restricted everything you thought and did if the games developers came from china and were forced to make the game like that? NO. So why should we do that here in america? All of the above is a comparison of what happens when you limit your product to your consumers. A good comparison of the same category would be the Iphone, a restricted phone with restricted service, even though it is a totally new way to use a phone, they implemented RESTRICTIONS on it; Even Continue to implement restrictions on it instead of fix bugs and make improvements or add features. That is stupid, they are preventing their business, preventing their consumer populus from growing and actually forcing it to dwindle.

Even though I don't want random strangers looking at my home, especially in some 3D view, or even want anything to do with google related employee's or people's- I will root for their little gizmo to stomp the competition.

RE: uhhmm
By ninjit on 11/12/2007 8:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
Why do some peeps feel it's necessary to write a whole high-school essay for a "comment".

There's a reason it's called a comment, if you want to write a full opinion piece or rebuttal for something, put it on a blog and provide a link with a small description.

Otherwise you're just going to get rated down simply because people think it's annoying.

RE: uhhmm
By sj420 on 11/12/2007 10:10:52 PM , Rating: 1
My apologies for assuming the majority here had respect or at least the level of comprehension required to actually read a few paragraphs that are very descriptive. If you can't take that extra minute to read the post then skip it, don't rate it down because of its length. Its not my problem that you don't want to read something that is "too long for you". If anything skim through it for the important bits.

How about you and anyone like you grow up and if you don't like reading get your eyes surgically removed and the Microsoft Sam voice implanted into your head, so that when you usually read instead you hear the microsoft sam voice tell it to you.

Since you are THAT lazy and arrogant.

DO not rate my posts if you are lame, DO not bother reading or responding to my posts if you can't even READ them.

RE: uhhmm
By CrazyBernie on 11/12/2007 11:09:15 PM , Rating: 2
Umm... could you please use quotes and site some sources when you're posting a rebuttal?? It was a little on the short side.


RE: uhhmm
By stmok on 11/14/2007 5:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
May I suggest something? Learn to paragraph. It really turns people off when you don't.

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