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Google’s Android platform made its worldwide debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday. Android is a Linux-based mobile phone platform created by Google in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance. This set of tools and libraries is designed as a full-fledged SDK for rapid and full-featured mobile and smartphone applications.

Google Android seeks to fill the niche left behind by Palm’s sad exodus from the mobile OS business, which by many accounts is still a great, user-friendly OS. While Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform has a lot to be desired in the OS department, it is a joy to develop on, especially if one has a working knowledge of Microsoft’s .NET Framework (Windows Mobile uses a diminutive version called the .NET Compact Framework). Of course, programs written for Windows Mobile only run on that OS. Google’s Android hopes to bridge that gap by establishing a set of core functionality that can be accessed and run on any mobile operating system.

With this latest debut, vendors (including TI, Qualcomm, Marvell) showed off their wares using Android . By all accounts, even slow processors were able to run fairly sophisticated applications quickly. As time progresses, I’d be interested in learning more about its security features and licensing.

—Erhan K.

About Dan Cornell

A globally recognized application security expert, Dan Cornell holds over 15 years of experience architecting, developing and securing web-based software systems. As Chief Technology Officer and Principal at Denim Group, Ltd., he leads the technology team to help Fortune 500 companies and government organizations integrate security throughout the development process.

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