First Patches: Google Releases Android

Oct 22, 2008

From today the source code for Google's Android is available for download, eradicating doubts surrounding the launch of the T-Mobile G1, that Google might keep the code under wraps.

First patches for the operating system have already been accepted, reports Google on its open-source blog.

The source consists of millions of lines of code says Google, and just 4.5 hours after release, six lines were added with more following. In his report Dave Bort of the Android Project, states that anyone who needs software for mobile devices, or anyone working on speech-recognition libraries can help themselves to the software. It's all available, graphics libraries, media codecs and some very well made developer tools.

The SDK for Android can also be found at the download website. "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." adds Bort (Linux Magazine Online reported). Now it's up to the free developers to make Android what they want it to be.

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