Android development tools to be improved

Android's development tools will be improved due to complaints and requests from the developers who are working on Google's mobile operating system.

Android's development tools will be improved due to complaints and requests from the developers who are working on Google's mobile operating system. Developers have had the tools they need to write applications for the forthcoming Android operating system for a couple of months now, but many are not pleased with them. That's why the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has announced plans to release an improved Software Development Kit (SDK...

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Exactly what the changes will be are not known, as Quang Nguyen, OHA's Developer Advocate, writing on the Android Developers Blog, simply refers to them as "significant updates to the SDK."

Nguyen also didn't give an exact date on when this update will be released, only that it will be out "in several weeks".

$10 million developer challenge delayed
Apparently, developers have been having enough problems with the software tools that the OHA has decided to push back the deadlines for the Android Developers Challenge in which the OHA will award developers $10 million in prizes.

The award money will be distributed equally between two phases.

Under the new schedule, Android Developer Challenge I will run until April 14. The 50 most promising entries received will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development.

Those selected will then be eligible for ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards in phase II.

More about Android
Android is an operating system for smartphones being put together by the Open Handset Alliance, a collection of 30+ companies, including Intel, TI, Sprint, T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Wind River, but being led by Google.

This group is putting the finishing touches on this platform, which will consist of a Linux-based operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. Many of these are likely to tie into Google's services, like Gmail and Google Maps.

Because this platform will be open source, the Alliance hopes it will be quickly extended to incorporate new technologies as they emerge.

In addition, it will be open to third-parties to create applications using Java.

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