The Android Alliance released the .9 version of the SDK to developers, featuring an overhauled interface and home screen, new applications, and more development tools. This version marks the last version with major changes before the final build ships. Although many bugs were fixed and some features were added, the GTalkService and Bluetooth API were removed.
T-Mobile also confirmed that they would be the first carrier to ship an Android phone, the HTC Dream. Although no release date was given, the New York Times speculates that the phone will be released before Christmas, “perhaps as early as October.”
There was some worry that the project wasn’t ready for prime time until the latest beta shipped earlier today. Back in July, news broke of a secret SDK released only to select developers, which left the rest of the community with buggy, out of date software. Now that the operating system has had time to mature, we can finally get a better idea of how it will compete with the more mature iPhone and Windows Mobile handsets.
I’m pretty happy today, for two reasons. First, I’m happy because I get to let everyone know that we’re releasing a beta SDK. You can read about the new Android 0.9 SDK beta at the Android Developers’ Site, or if you want to get straight to the bits, you can visit the download page. Once you’ve got it, be sure to visit our Developer Forum if you have any questions.
T-Mobile said Monday it plans to launch a mobile phone powered by Google‘s Android software, making it the first operator to do so and posing a direct threat to Apple‘s popular iPhone.
Source: Android , Source: Yahoo! News