Linked by diegocg on Mon 12th Nov 2007 19:45 UTC
Google Google has finally released Android, the opensource platform that will be used by the Open Handset Alliance. The platform is based in the Linux kernel, freetype, sqlite, webkit, a 2D/3D subsystem and other pieces, but the application framework is built in Java using a embedded-optimized VM called Dalvik. The SDK is available for Linux, Mac and Win and it includes an emulator. Video here. Update: The WebKit browser failed to render the desktop version of OSNews, so now we feed it our mobile one.
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linux? python?
by simo on Tue 13th Nov 2007 12:34 UTC
simo
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2006-01-09

this just seems like another java-on-mobiles implementation to me, ok so its not winCE underneath, but its hardly the first linux mobile either.

how do we get a console up - can we make kernel calls, can we program in python or shell, do we have dmesg, a tcp stack that operates outside of this java gui? otherwise i'm afraid its of no interest to me.

and to someone above, wasn't qtopia (green phone) recently cancelled by trolltech? so we're back to openmoko vs. android, of which i prefer the former (open hardware too).

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RE: linux? python?
by Matzon on Tue 13th Nov 2007 13:09 in reply to "linux? python?"
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2005-07-06

it doesn't seem like it has no interrest for you already. if it had, you would have already searched for the information and found it...

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RE: linux? python?
by Kokopelli on Tue 13th Nov 2007 14:22 in reply to "linux? python?"
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2005-07-06

and to someone above, wasn't qtopia (green phone) recently cancelled by trolltech? so we're back to openmoko vs. android, of which i prefer the former (open hardware too).


Qtopia was not cancelled, the greenphone simplystopped production. According to TrollTech the greenphone accomplished its job of getting qtopia out and in the hands of developers. Their intended product (the qtopia platform) is still actively supported and developed.

And while you may prefer the OpenMoko platform, the threshold for development on the Android platform is lower. Further the Android platforms API more suited to writing apps targeting the convergence device market IMO. Finally the amount of resources Google alone is putting on the Android platform pauper the resources working on OpenMoko. This does not even count non-Google resources.

Edited 2007-11-13 14:22

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