Google’s Android Revealed – Available Late 2008

Google just released, in association with the Open Handset Alliance, a preview of what Android, an open-source mobile platform, will look like. The above video was taken at last night’s Google I/O ’08 Keynote with more videos that focus solely on Android supposed to be released later today.

So far manufacturers like Motorola, Samsumg, LG, and HTC have all signed on board to support this service, which is said to be available in late 2008. In the meantime, Google has been busy releasing the Android Development SDK in addition to hosting a developer contest that will be awarding a total of $10 million dollars out to winners of each stage (with the top applications netting a cool $275,000 each).

Taken from developer website “WebMonkey.com” the device used in the demo had:

  • UMTS handset
  • Qualcomm processor “running at 381,” according to Rubin
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 256 flash memory
  • OpenGL hardware acceleration was turned on for the demo, but it’s not required to use the animation-rich UI
  • What does this mean for you and I? Well, for certain this will give products like Apple’s iPhone a run for it’s money. Currently the only way to release an application on the iPhone is to either “jailbreak” your iPhone in order to unlock it, or you’re forced to jump through a bunch of hoops setup by Apple which prevent any “vanilla” iPhones from being able to add applications that are not distributed officially by them. Meaning – you have to submit any program directly to Apple for approval if you want it to work on any freshly bought iPhone. By releasing a completely open-source mobile platform, Android enables developers the opportunity to deliver their software directly to the consumer without having to wait for any approval process.

    Pretty cool stuff… hopefully this will entice Apple to change their current rules & regulations regarding application development…. I want to see more web-apps released for the iPhone. This will hopefully result in cheaper “smart phones” as well. $500 for a new blackberry is ridiculous.

    There’s a more in-depth write-up on the ReadWriteWeb site that’s worth checking out. It compares Android against the iPhone even.

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