November 12, 2007
The Open Handset Alliance, a group of mobile and technology leaders, today announced the availability of the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). Available now as an early look, the Android SDK will enable developers to create innovative and compelling applications for the platform. The early look will also provide developers with the opportunity to participate in the evolution of the Android platform by providing feedback throughout the development process.
The Android platform was built from the ground up to enable developers to create new and innovative mobile applications that take full advantage of all the capabilities of a handset connected to the internet. It is a complete mobile platform built on the Linux 2.6 kernel that exposes a robust operating system, a comprehensive set of libraries, a rich multimedia user interface, and a complete set of phone applications. Android's innovative application model makes it easy for developers to extend, replace, and reuse existing software components to create rich and integrated mobile services for consumers.
The Android platform also includes the Dalvik virtual machine to maximize application performance, portability, and security. The entire platform will be made available under the very liberal, developer-friendly Apache v2 open-source license in 2008.
Android Software Development Kit
The SDK contains a rich set of tools for developers to build applications for the Android platform. Included are advanced development and debugging tools, a rich set of libraries, a true device emulator, in-depth documentation, sample projects, tutorials, FAQs, and more. For developers looking for a seamless development experience, an Eclipse plugin is included to integrate these tools with the Eclipse integrated development environment. The site hosting the kit will also feature a blog and discussion groups, to make it easier for everyone contributing to the platform to interact and share knowledge.
To begin building applications for Android, developers will need to download the Android SDK to an x86-based computer running Windows XP or Vista; Mac OS 10.4.8 or later; or Linux Ubuntu Dapper Drake or later (other modern distributions of Linux will also likely work but are not directly supported).
Developers will also need Eclipse 3.2 or later, with Java Development Tools and the Android SDK's plugin, or Java and Javac 1.5 or 1.6; Apache Ant; an integrated development environment; and Python 2.2 or later.
Downloading the SDK
For more information or to download the SDK, please visit http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/developers.html.
About the Open Handset Alliance
A multinational alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders, the Open Handset Alliance is committed to fostering innovation on mobile devices and bringing consumers innovative new mobile experiences. The first product of that commitment is the development of Android, a truly open and co mprehensive platform for mobile devices. Through Android, developers, wireless operators, and handset manufacturers will be better positioned to bring innovative new products to market faster and at a much lower cost. The end result will be an unprecedented mobile platform that will enable wireless operators and manufacturers to give their customers better, more personal, and more flexible mobile experiences. For profiles of the founding members of the Alliance and further info, visit www.openhandsetalliance.com.