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Google Says Thanks for Android Petition

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After 219 developers signed a petition asking for more information about Android’s progress, Google offered a two-sentence reply saying thanks.

Developers building applications on Android, Google’s mobile phone software that is still in the making, have been venting their frustration at what they say is a slow pace of updates released for the SDK (software development kit) and a general lack of information about the development schedule for the software.

In late June, developer Nicolas Gramlich, a computer science student in Germany, started a petition asking Google to release more updates to the SDK and to offer developers information about the development timeline of the SDK. Last week, he sent the petition to the Android Advocate at Google. The petition has by now been signed by 245 people.

A couple of days later, Gramlich received a response from Google via e-mail and he posted it in the company’s official Android discussion group. The response has underwhelmed the developers.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm of our developers and we’re excited that you’re so passionate about the Android platform. Thanks for taking the time to send this,” reads the note from Google signed by someone identified simply as David.

“Sounds like a polite way of saying nothing: a verbal silence,” wrote a developer identified as Shane Isbell, on the Android forum.

Google has not replied to a request for comment or to confirm that the note came from the company.

In addition to the perceived slow release of SDK improvements, developers were also recently frustrated after a Google employee accidentally posted a note on a forum indicating that the company is offering an improved SDK to a small group of developers who won a contest. Some of the other developers were dismayed to learn that they are working on an inferior version of the SDK.

Now, developers are wondering why the continued silence from Google even after the petition. Perhaps there is some component of the SDK that Google doesn’t want its competitors to see until Android launches, another developer identified as Denis Beurive speculated on the forum.

Or, perhaps the SDK isn’t particularly stable and so Google doesn’t want to release another weak version of it, he wondered.

The unrest comes amid speculation that the final Android software is delayed and after Apple has sold millions of iPhones to people who can buy applications from developers for the phones. Google has said that it is on schedule to launch Android and that Android phones will begin to appear this year.

Wireless Apps builders prefer .Net & Java

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Mobile versions of .Net and Java currently lead the way as preferred platforms for wireless application developers, but newcomers in this space, Mac OS and Android, are expected to pick up steam, Evans Data said.

Results of a survey being released Tuesday by Evans have 43 percent of developers targeting Microsoft’s .Net Compact Framework and 42 percent opting for Java ME (Micro Edition). The survey gauged the views of 384 developers worldwide in May and June.

Also ranking in the survey were Windows Mobile 6.0, with 31 percent; and the following contenders: Linux, 25 percent; Nokia Series 80, 22 percent; Symbian, 20 percent; Windows Mobile 5.0; 19 percent; Java, 18 percent; Palm OS, 15 percent; RIM OS, 14 percent; Mac OS 10, 8 percent; and Android, 7 percent.

But Mac OS X development, which covers Apple’s popular iPhone device, and Android, the mobile platform project led by Google, are expected to grow in popularity, said John Andrews, Evans president and CEO, in an interview on Monday.

“We don’t see these numbers as negative. In fact, we see them [as a positive step since] they’re actually on the radar screen this early in their lifecycle,” Andrews said.

Android systems are not even on the market yet; they are due in the second half of this year. Android is under the jurisdiction of the Open Handset Alliance.

Evans does not expect Mac OS X and Android to displace any of the entrenched leaders. But gains in market share by these two platforms could come at the expense of platforms such as Symbian, Windows Mobile 5.0, or Palm OS, Andrews said.

Fifty percent of developers included in the survey were building browser- or Web content-based applications, while 30 percent were developing ecommerce applications, 24 percent were building wireless portal applications, and 24 percent were developing CRM systems.

Target hardware platforms cited in the survey included Nokia, sought after by 56 percent of respondents, followed by Motorola with 33 percent, and Sony Ericcson, at 29 percent.

Obstacles cited to building wireless applications include cross-platform testing requirements and lack of access to device APIs. Also, more than one-third of developers were building applications for external use by their company’s customers, Evans found. Additionally, the company learned that location-based information is used far more in development in Asia and Europe than North or South America.

Source : InfoWorld

Google’s Android comes to life

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Google’s Android comes to life
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Google demonstrated its Android mobile phone software at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.
The project, under development by Google and a number of partners in the Open Handset Alliance,
is due to ship as open-source software when the first Android phones go on sale later this year.
This is a view of the home screen, demonstrated by Steve Horowitz, Android’s engineering director.

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