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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 GTaudiophile on 11/12/2007 3:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
I assume this competition is open to anyone and everyone from around the globe?

I look forward to seeing the demographic data on the final submissions. Male or female coders? Age? Educational background? Income? And most importantly, where are they from? USA, China, Japan, Germany, Russia?

Wonder if someone will write a seemingly legit app that is really hax0rs and ends up getting adopted. That would be funny.

RE: Demographics
By FITCamaro on 11/12/2007 3:56:05 PM , Rating: 2
Wonder if someone will write a seemingly legit app that is really hax0rs and ends up getting adopted. That would be funny.

That's kind of the reason I didn't see them opening it up. It allows for too much freedom where you're almost definitely going to have people writing hacks for it that might steal information. It's good they're opening it up, but I hope applications that are made available for the public have to go through some kind of screening.

RE: Demographics
By stmok on 11/14/2007 5:51:32 AM , Rating: 2
That's the beauty of the opensource development model. It doesn't discriminate between age, race, religion, income, level of education, etc. If you can code, go right ahead. Let no one stop you.

However, this is Google, an American company. As such, their competition is restricted in some way (US Law restrictions, etc)...

Who's eligible to participate?

* The Android Developer Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, and business entities. While we seek to make the Challenge open worldwide, we cannot open the Challenge to residents of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and Myanmar (Burma) because of U.S. laws. In addition, the Challenge is not open to residents of Italy or Quebec because of local restrictions.
* You must be of legal age in your country of residence in order to participate.
* Employees of Google, members of the Open Handset Alliance, or affiliated companies are ineligible to participate.
* For more information, please see the complete set of Terms and Conditions when they become available.

Besides, what's wrong with a hacker (or a cracker for that matter) coding up something legit and useful? Might as well turn it into a business! :)

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