06 January 2009

Technology highlights of 2008 - Open source Android

Innovative Google championed the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) as a business alliance of 34 members including mobile handset makers, application developers, some mobile carriers and chip makers in late 2007 to develop open standards for mobile devices.

Android is the first free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform developed by OHA. Android offers a full stack: an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. It also contains a rich set of APIs that allows third-party developers to develop great applications.

HTC’s T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream) came out in Oct 2008 as the first commercially available phone running Android. Developers can access the source code at http://source.android.com/download and Android SDK can be downloaded at http://code.google.com/android.

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