Have you Tried the Google Open Source Android Emulator?

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What operating system is running on your phone? At some point in the future, it may be Google’s operating system… dubbed Android. It’s open-source, and available for all operating systems. Those of you who don’t really know what an SDK is. In light terms, it’s a package of tools and examples given to software developers so that they can develop platforms.

I downloaded Android, and didn’t even really have to install anything. I simply clicked on it, and up pops this Android virtual device. Normally, this would be a touch-screen device for your phone, of course. On this emulator, it will show you what the dialer will look like. The interface is very clean thus far. Google maps is integrated into Android, as well! There’s a satellite mode, and a traffic mode.

Android will ship with a set of core applications including:

  • an email client
  • an SMS program
  • calendar
  • maps
  • browser
  • contacts

The Android platform is a software stack for mobile devices including an operating system, middleware and key applications. Developers can create applications for the platform using the Android SDK. Applications are written using the Java programming language and run on Dalvik, a custom virtual machine designed for embedded use which runs on top of a Linux kernel.

If you’re interested in developing something for Android, feel free to download the SDK. What operating systems and phones do you have? What do you prefer, and why?


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9 thoughts on “Have you Tried the Google Open Source Android Emulator?”

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  3. Seems really interesting, I think iPhone’s OS is still better tough.

    It would be nice to see android working together with cocoa touch.. I don’t know, I don’t like the idea of “google vs apple” I just love both of them.

  4. I don’t think Google would’ve created something like this if Apple, Samsung, LG, and all the other brands hadn’t done it first. I think the market flows down one river, and no one ever branches out. They stay in the same current. They’re now in the current about touch interface mobile phones.

  5. if you go to getip.com with the android emu it says that your os is linux and browser is safari even if you use windows

  6. I couldn’t try the emulator because whenever I run the SDK executable jar file, it says “Failed to load Main-Class manifest attributes.” Is there a way I can fix this?

  7. I am currently looking to get the HTC Hero (sprint) in december, it is said to be one of the most capable android devices out, along with the Motorola Droid.

    The reason I am getting an android device? Because it is the future in my opinion, as we have learned from the past, most google products explode into the market one or two years after release. Also as a developer of applications, the android OS seems easy to make apps for, The prepackaged emulator takes the guess work out of device-program compatibility

    My favorite feature about android is the ability to replace core apps with the ones -you- want to use, so lets say you didnt like the email app, you can download a new one and tell the system to use it instead of the deafult

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