First Look at Google's Android Mobile Platform

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google has released the software development kit for Android - a mobile platform announced by Google last week.


    Documentation and first look videos are offered through the Android Project page. Most interesting, perhaps, is the Android Demo video which walks through prototype Android devices. Both a smaller and more advanced prototypes of Android phones are shown. They demonstrate functionality as well as detail capabilities as shown here:


    Android's web browser is based on Webkit which also powers Apple's Safari browser. This means that web pages will render the same on Android's browser and Safari. Zooming/Scrolling with a touch interface is also supported as shown in the demo.


    3d OpenGL support, as shown by a demo of id software's Quake.

    The demo video shows other capabilities, such as tight integration into Google Maps. The first commercial phones based on the Android platform are not expected until the second half of 2008. Unlike the iPhone, the Android platform appears to emphasize openness and is encouraging of 3rd party application development. Despite early plans to keep the iPhone closed to 3rd party development, Apple has announced that a 3rd party development kit will become available for the iPhone in February 2008, though what restrictions it may likely entail are not yet known.

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  2. a1016neo macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2006
  3. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    I will be interested to see how it does at first
  4. Bonte macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2002
    Bruges, Belgium
    Ow man, i can see Apple offering a dual boot or something, this is cool. :eek:
  5. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
  6. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    It's good news for Safari users since it uses WebKit, which means more developers working on improving it.
  7. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    competition is a great thing ... and it will only make apple work harder to deliver better products
  8. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I think this will be big competition to the iPhone. You can see what kind of developer community sprouted up for the iPhone... I think with encouragement, a more massive one will easily appear for Android.

  9. Nabooly macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    Wait....didn't google say a couple of days ago that its only going to be providing software, and not actual devices? :confused:
  10. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    The biggest problem I've seen so far with this is on one of the screenshots not posted here which shows a menu. Plain and simple, pull down menus don't belong on mobile phones. Microsoft hasn't figured this out yet, I would have hoped that Google would. Maybe they're not very prevalent, overall this looks nice I'd say.
  11. aLoC macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    Apple showed prototypes of the Mac to Microsoft and they stole it. Now Google is doing the same with the iPhone. Back stabbers.
  12. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    the lack of a double tapping to zoom really held back the maps demo.

    Looks like more competition to windows mobile then the iphone in the overall scheme of things, at least in the short term.

    No elegance what so ever though, and when the phone companies switch out their dialers etc.. with their custom version we are looking at something that will prob. sell more units then the iphone (read cheaper) but will look like kitchen with too many cooks in it.

    Yah. There will be the people here that will be smart enough to swamp out the bad stuff. (if allowed. i know google says they can but...) but most people will simply use the default sprint-verizon style retracted apps and interfaces... to make it look like a fancy razor.
  13. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Completely opposite attitude for the iPhone: Google is giving away $10 M to write the best apps, and it seems like Apple is trying to STOP us from unlocking, and in some cases, bricking iPhones.

    I think this is great for Apple. It will force them to work harder with the future progression of the iPhone. Without Android, they might have just let the iPhone stay as is for a year or 2 before giving it some updates (why should it have to if it's so far ahead of the market?) - but now with android, I think we'll be seeing more incremental updates to stay in competition with android.
  14. iPhoneHome macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2007
    this is the first software/device that could actually give the iPhone some SERIOUS competition...I own a iPhone and i found myself really interested in purchasing this! Apple needs to re-market itself very soon, and give us some features that are very much wanted/needed.
  15. dashiel macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
    i really want to like this, open source, google, encouraging developers from the word go, but everything i've seen so far doesn't give me much hope. by the time hardware starts arriving the iphone will have close to 10 million installed units and had their SDK out for almost as long as android -- not to mention be up to 3g (you could tell that was their big "we're better than the iphone" plug).

    more power to them, competition is great, but so far this isn't a patch on the iphone
  16. fowler. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2004
    are you high? what exactly have they "stolen"?
  17. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    The initial screenshots / details are encouraging. The Google platform could offer a great platform, including more competition. This should help improve all existing cell phone platforms.

    Its a fact of life - companies gain inspiration from each other, including Apple ( who have also copied others). Evolution of products - improving upon existing, seeing a potential opportunity where there is a gap in the market. Google think they have seen one. ( I don't consider Google to have stolen anything from Apple ).
  18. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Yes, this is just for show...
  19. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    i like the text notifications on the top menu bar. very unobtrusive.
  20. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    that web page history viewer seems like a little Cover Flow clone
  21. AtHomeBoy_2000 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2005
    Looks like I'll be waiting until late next year to by a new cell phone. i want to see how this all pans out.
  22. ParadigmABQ macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM
  23. Novaoblivion macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2006
    While some of this looks pretty cool being open source and all. The interface and the speed of the UI doesnt look nearly as fast as the iPhone. Hopefully it will encourage Apple to open up the iPhone a little more though :).
  24. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Its just as much Cover Flow as Flip3D...

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