Google releases Android SDK

A month ago uttering the phrase “Android SDK” would have elicited little more than “whaat?” Thankfully Google has infused the term with a sense of meaning and urgency. As promised, the company released it’s software developers kit for the upcoming Android mobile phone platform. The SDK itself is cross-platform compatible, running on XP, Vista, OS X 10.4.8 or higher, and various flavors of Linux. While the actual Android platform has yet to see the light of day, it’s nice to know that developers will have a sizable head start, theoretically allowing them to get their applications ready to launch concurrently with the first Android-based devices sometime in the first half of 2008. As an added incentive, the “Open Handset Alliance” has started a contest that will furnish a total of $10 million to various applications deemed worthy of fanfare. Let the games begin!


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