As Google becomes a stronger player in the world of communications, their interests and participation in mobile devices is obvious. Like many areas though, if Google is going to become a successful player, they will do so through using their users as a learning and development tool.
There’s also a video available of the Android SDK being demoed by Google:
About the video:
Sergey Brin and Steve Horowitz discuss the availability of the SDK, that it will be open source in the future, and demo some applications.
The focus of user and developer support is exactly why the Google Android Software Development Kit (SDK) is now released and viewed as an open source project. An interesting article on eWeek highlights the importance of the SDK, as all as Google’s intentions:
Google needs programmers to start building software if it wants to get its mobile strategy off of the ground.
Google’s goal is to provide a richer experience for mobile users, which it wants to eventually target with social networking services and other offerings in front of which the search giant plans to place online ads.
Built on top of the Linux 2.6 kernel, the Android SDK includes an operating system, libraries a Web browser user interface and a set of phone applications. The Android platform also includes the Dalvik virtual machine to boost application performance, portability and security, addressing some of the primary concerns high tech experts have with mobile software.
Again, this article was originally posted over on eWeek. Additional coverage of the Android SDK is available on Computer World, and of course straight from Google’s page, Android – An Open Handset Alliance Project.