Video: Android team members talk about the impetus behind the platform.
Google has announced its plans for the “GPhone,” which isn’t a phone at all, but instead a mobile open-source Linux-based operating system to be available on a variety of handsets, dubbed “Android.” The “Open Handset Alliance,” or OHA, a group of mobile hardware and software manufacturers who are participating in the Android project, includes HTC, Motorola, T-Mobile, and Qualcomm.
From the Android description page:
Android does not differentiate between the phone’s core applications and third-party applications. They can all be built to have equal access to a phone’s capabilities providing users with a broad spectrum of applications and services. With devices built on the Android Platform, users will be able to fully tailor the phone to their interests. They can swap out the phone’s homescreen, the style of the dialer, or any of the applications. They can even instruct their phones to use their favorite photo viewing application to handle the viewing of all photos.
Android’s closest analogs are things like Red Hat Linux or—perhaps more accurately—Apple’s OS X: a real, UNIX-based operating system with primary design being shepherded by a company with software development prowess.
Software development kits should be out within a week; the first devices running the OS are expected in 2008.
I was going to assemble a list of links to other coverage, but there’s really no way you’re going to avoid cud being chewed over this on the internet today.
Project Page [OpenHandsetAlliance.com]