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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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Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.