In our effort to explore Java beyond the confines of JSE/JEE, for April's 2008 meeting we will take a look at Google's promising mobile platform called "Android". Google Android is an open source mobility platform that the giant software company says will do for mobile what linux did for the desktop.
Why should Android matter to you?
Simple, Goolgle Android's primary development language is Java! The entire development environment is implemented using tools familiar to Java developers, mainly, the Eclipse IDE. So in this month's meeting, speaker James Williams will explore how to get started with programming for Android. He will present the major features of Google Android that will help you create applications for the platform.
Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes the OS, middleware, and key applications. It represents a paradigm shift from the walled gardens that dominate the mobile space. Though it doesn't use Java (cough, cough, wink, wink), Java developers can benefit a single platform as opposed to the many implementations of Java Mobile Edition.
Members of the Open Handset Alliance, which includes many major players such as LG, Samsung, and Motorola, are due to release the first Android enabled hardware later this year. In anticipation of public release, Google is sponsoring several rounds of the Android Developer Challenge to spur development and adoption.
Want to learn more?
Android Home - http://code.google.com/android/
Android Talks on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/AndroidDevelopers
Android $10 Million Challenge - http://code.google.com/android/adc.html
Open Handset Alliance - http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/
Android in Action
Speaker: James Williams
Networking: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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