Google Android is making it's debut to the public today thanks to the folks at T-Mobil.
The first cell-phone based on Google's Android platform went on sale .
T-Mobile USA began offering the G1, made by Taiwan's High-Tech Computer.
What is Android?
According to Google, the Android platform is a software stack for mobile devices including an operating system, middleware and key applications. Developers can create applications for the platform using the Android SDK. Applications are written using the Java programming language and run on Dalvik, a custom virtual machine designed for embedded use, which runs on top of a Linux kernel.
A beta version of the Android SDK is available for download. Along with the Android framework and application libraries, it includes sample projects with source code, a device emulator, and development tools for monitoring and debugging your code and GUI layout.
The Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies, developed Android: the first complete, open, and free mobile platform. To help developers get started developing new applications, we're offering the Android Software Development Kit.
About the Phone and Android
Apps without borders
Apps on Android can access core mobile device functionality through standard APIs. Through intents, apps can announce their capabilities for other apps to use. Watch video
Apps can easily embed the web
Apps are created equal
Any app on the mobile device can be replaced or extended -- even core components such as the dialer or home. Watch video
Apps can run in parallel
Android is a complete multitasking environment where apps can run in parallel. While running in the background, an app can produce notifications to get attention. Watch video
What to like about Android...
Copy & Paste
Reader & Photos
Media & Browser