Open Handset Alliance

First Blood: seeing what the Android SDK can do more or less out of the box

First Blood: seeing what the Android SDK can do more or less out of the box

Well, it appears that SkyPop has an Android reference device, basically a phone they can install the OS onto and use to test out their apps. And they have been putting it to good use.

Seemingly on the same day the SDK came out, due to its ease of use, the engineer for SkyPop threw together a Sudoku app, a buddy location finder app, and a team geo-caching app. Pretty amazing for the first couple of days, no?

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Android SDK Released Today

Android SDK Released Today

It’s been a long week waiting around for more updates or really anything new regarding the Open Handset Alliance or Android. Alas, today is November 12th, and they have released the SDK for Android.

Not only have they dropped the SDK on us, but $10 millions dollars up for grabs by the developers who make the best Android based apps. If you are a first time programmer, there are several tutorials, tips, toolkits, API’s, the list goes on, but they are all there to help you get started, so this competition, if you will, isn’t limited to those who have PhD’s in Computer Science or 30 years of programming experience, anyone with the desire to make something great can get in on the action.

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Open Handset Alliance Conference Call

Open Handset Alliance Conference Call

Today the OHA started its newly formed alliance by having a conference call for the press. There were a lot of the members of the conference present, and they all had something to say. The best part however, was the Q&A.

The most important things to note are, they aren’t announcing a Google Phone, now, if you heard the manner in which they stated this, several times due to the question coming up a lot, you got the hint that what they were really saying was, lets focus on Android and the OHA, we aren’t (keyword) announcing, a Google Phone (keyword again) today. They also kept reiterating that if they were to make a single Google Phone, they would need an OS and platform to base it off of, and Android is perfect for that. So, they weren’t giving up the details on a potential Google Phone, but chances are its still going to happen.

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