This mobile platform has a lot of new things including but not limited to
1) Open Access through standard API calls even to the core mobile functionalities
2) On of the most intersting feature i liked is its non discriminative nature — even the dialer or home screen can be replaced.
3) As always google is now targeting mobile users and in order allowing desktop applcations to migrate to mobile level.
4) Complete SDK also includes device emulator and advanced debugging tools.
We have seen the growth a platform can get with the open developer’s involvement (simple example is Facebook), and hence came the google android chalange a $10M Challange for the best android apps.
As per android challange site
Cool apps that surprise and delight mobile users, built by developers like you, will be a huge part of the Android vision. To support you in your efforts, Google has launched the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million in awards — no strings attached — for great mobile apps built on the Android platform.
How It Works
The award money will be distributed equally between two Android Developer Challenges:
* Android Developer Challenge I: We will accept submissions from January 2 through March 3, 2008
* Android Developer Challenge II: This part will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008
In the Android Developer Challenge I, the 50 most promising entries received by March 3 will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards.