Getting Started with Googles Linux/Java Phone SDK
One developer's opinion of Android, Google's Linux/Java mobile phone SDK.This in-depth, hands-on article introduces Android, Googles Linux/Java mobile phone software development kit. After a tour of Androids tools, documentation and code samples, it suggests a path for further exploration and concludes with a simple applet showing the power and simplicity of the Android environment. The Android SDK, released in preview form on Nov. 12, aims to provide mobile phone application developers with the tools theyll need to leverage Googles services on mobile phones. Since mobile phones are expected to replace PCs within a few years as the top Internet access devices, the play is clearly an important one for Google.
But will the Android SDK prove as easy to use as open Web standards have proven to be, for developers wishing to leverage Google Maps, Adwords, Mail, YouTube and so on?