Mobility

OpenAndroid: a Google geek's delight

Between OpenSocial and Android, did anyone manage not to hear about Google this week?

Between OpenSocial and Android, did anyone manage not to hear about Google this week?

Android — it's not a GPhone, it's not tangible, it's a software stack — and it will not be available until the second half of 2008. A consortium of 34 members including handset manufacturers and carriers have gravitated around the Java-over-Linux platform with an SDK to be made available next week.

The other consortium that Google has formed, around its OpenSocial offering, started to show off some of its potential this week in a video that we posted. Its wasn't all roses and glory though, as the first application released was subsequently hacked. And how can anyone dismiss the new behemoth of social networking, KySpace?

An interesting discussion was generated over whether it is possible to have a truly private variable in Python. Check out the comments to see reader sth and author Nick Gibson discuss making a variable truly hidden.

The long road to mass production is finally over for the One Laptop Per Child project, as XO production commenced for Uruguay and Mongolia.

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