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The Google-led Open Handset Alliance has released the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). The Android SDK needs an x86-based computer running Windows XP or Vista; Mac OS 10.4.8 or later; or Linux Ubuntu Dapper Drake or later (other modern distributions of Linux will also likely work but are not directly supported). Download it here. (More details are here.)
In addition, Google also announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android. This includes cash prizes ranging from $25,000 to $275,000 to developers whose applications are picked by a panel of judges. (Given my skepticism, no chance I am going to be on that panel ;-)
* The $10 million will be divided between the Android Developer Challenge I and II.
* Submissions for Challenge I will be accepted from Jan. 2 through March 3, 2008.
* 50 most promising entries will be picked by end of March 2008 with each receiving $25,000 awards for further development.
* These 50 entries can also compete for 10 awards worth $275,000 each and another 10 worth $100,000 each.
* Challenge II will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008.
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