5 November 2007 @ 13:08Google’s Android Mobile Operating System

From Google’s own blog:

Android is the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It includes an operating system, user-interface and applications — all of the software to run a mobile phone, but without the proprietary obstacles that have hindered mobile innovation. We have developed Android in cooperation with the Open Handset Alliance, which consists of more than 30 technology and mobile leaders including Motorola, Qualcomm, HTC and T-Mobile. Through deep partnerships with carriers, device manufacturers, developers, and others, we hope to enable an open ecosystem for the mobile world by creating a standard, open mobile software platform. We think the result will ultimately be a better and faster pace for innovation that will give mobile customers unforeseen applications and capabilities.

Google is today announcing their Android mobile operating system. Their goal is to give every user “much better access to mobile experiences.”

Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) will announce a device running Android in Europe and the US in 2008.

Peter Chou of HTC states that HTC plans to release a phone running Android in the 2nd half of 2008.

A quote from Sergey Brin: “Ten years ago I was sitting in a grad school cubicle, and we were able to build incredible things. There was a set of tools that enabled that… open source… Linux, GNU, python… all those pieces (and many more) allowed us to do great things and distribute it to the world. That’s what we’re looking at today. We’re going to distribute the code, it’s going to be feely available…”

The Android software is said to be available within a week, but phones running Android will not be out until the 2nd half of 2008.

Android is a Linux-based operating system. The minimum requirements for the Android OS is a 200MHz ARM9 processor, and will work with large or small screens, and with QWERTY and non-QWERTY keypads.

According to Eric Schmidt, “OpenSocial apps will run well on Android.”

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