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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: 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.


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