In time for the arrival of the T-Mobile G1 handset to the hands of mobile consumers who ordered for it, Google has just released the Android source code freely for the public’s perusal. And so Google has launched the Android Open Source Project. What this means is that anyone can download the source code and play around with it to come up with a useful application for the T-Mobile G1 phone or some other Android phone.
The Android platform promises to be “a complete, end-to-end software platform that can be adapted to work on any number of hardware configurations.” By releasing its source code to the public, Google, third party applications developers and mobile phone manufacturers who are eying to get a piece of the Google branding success would definitely find the Android source code a valuable tool for whatever purposes it may serve them.
The T-Mobile G1 was just a guinea pig, and for mobile phone manufacturers who are waiting in the sideline and contemplating on whether to adapt the Android platform in their next mobile phones, the hype and buzz generated by the release of the G1 would certainly be enough to convince them into perusing the Android source code. Similarly, applications developers who have been frantically awaiting for this day, are probably busy by now downloading the Android Source Code. So, the race is on to develop the coolest and most useful Android applications.