is a big day for Android, the Open Handset Alliance, and the
open-source community. All of the work that we've poured into
the mobile platform is now officially available, for free, as the
Android Open Source Project.
You'll be hearing a lot about
Android devices. We've all put a lot of effort into the first Android
device, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. But one
device is just the beginning.
Android is not a single piece of hardware; it's a complete, end-to-end
software platform that can be adapted to work on any number of hardware
configurations. Everything is there, from the bootloader all the way
up to the applications. And with an Android device already on the
market, it has proven that it has what it takes to truly compete in the mobile arena.
Even if you're not planning to ship a mobile device any time soon,
Android has a lot to offer. Interested in working on a
speech-recognition library? Looking to do some research on virtual
machines? Need an out-of-the-box embedded Linux solution? All of these pieces are available, right now, as part of the Android Open Source Project, along with graphics libraries, media codecs, and some of the best development tools I've ever worked with.
Have a great idea for a new feature? Add it! As an open source project, the best part
is that anyone can contribute to Android and influence its direction.
And if the platform becomes as ubiquitous as I hope it will, you may
end up influencing the future of mobile devices as a whole.
This is an exciting time for Android, and we're just getting started.
It takes a lot of work to keep up with the changes in the mobile
industry. But we want to do more than just keep up; we want to lead
the way, to try things out, to add the new features that everyone else
is scrambling to keep up with. But we can't do it without your help.
What will you do with Android?