A Techie’s Guide to Google Android Development Resources

Google open sourced their Android mobile platform yesterday, and despite the stock market tanking yet again today, the mobile world is abuzz over Android. So, if you haven’t gotten around to writing that mobile multi-player action game for the Android platform just yet, get your feet wet first by checking out Google’s Android resources we’ve collected below.

(Did you notice how many different Android sites Google itself is hosting? Would you believe it’s 100??)

Well, it’s not quite 100 – yet. But here are the first several they have started:

Android SDK Site
This Google site provides educational information about the mobile operating system, including plenty of videos, and links to FAQs, documentation, and of course, the SDK itself.
There are two important sections within this site to point out. First, this Android overview is a great starting place to understand the platform. The second section of note is the one covering the Android emulator. A solid, working emulator is critical to Android application development and testing.

Android Market
Just Open today! With roughly 50 Android applications currently available, that number is expected to skyrocket next week when Google starts allowing developers to upload their applications. There will be a one-time charge of $25 per person, which will provide clear ownership regarding of the submitted applications. Once that fee is paid, those individuals can upload as many applications as they want.

Google Mobile – Android
Download Google Mobile Apps for your Android phone.

Android – The Open Source Project
Download the source code, read the docs, subscribe to mailing lists, contribute code, participate, and chug the Android Kool Aid.

Google Highlights the first Android Phone, the T-Mobile G1
Does this mean they’ll have a new page for each Android phone?

Android Developers Blog
Live since November 12, 2007!

Open Handset Alliance
This is not new, of course. In fact, MobileMammoth readers have known about the Open Handset Alliance for almost a year now.

YouTube Android Channel
The Googlers have posted quite a few videos already, and I must say they are informative.

Like this one:

That’s it for now! What other Android resources do you use?


  1. says

    The open source platform allows for innovation however, how does a cell phone provider integrate their platform to match open source. I can see problems evolving as a result. I believe that’s the price of advancing technology. One thing is certain mobile marketing will continue to grow by leaps and bounds and I would expect the technology will be there to support it.