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17 July 2008, 10:31

Google frustrates Android developers

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Google, founder and member of the Open Handset Alliance has not openly distributed any updates for the Android SDK since mid-February, despite developers' reports of numerous bugs. On the other hand, Google supplied winners of the first round of the Android programmer competition with a current version of the SDK, after having them sign an NDA. These developers are apparently prohibited from discussing the new version or releasing updates.

This unequal treatment seems to have caused resentment and lacking an explanation or other action from Google, some developers are openly toying with the idea of switching to other platforms, such as iPhone or Windows Mobile. Some 30 Android developers have signed an online petition aimed at urging Google to release the current SDK for the Linux smartphone platform to everyone, or at least to state the reasons for its secrecy and to release a roadmap for the SDK.It is already clear that the SDK hold-up is a setback for the Android platform.

With its eye on the fall and Christmas retail season, the Open Handset Alliance had originally announced that it wanted to get the first Linux smartphones with Android platforms onto store shelves by the final quarter of 2008. However there are reports that development deadlines have already been pushed to the limit.


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