Android Bugs Developers

Google's mobile phone software is proving to be tough to work with
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Dec 19, 2007 12:28 PM CST
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(Newser) – Google may have millions of answers, but software developers say the company’s ballyhooed mobile phone software, Android, misses the mark. “It’s clearly not ready for primetime,” says one Seattle-based designer who’s struggled for weeks with bugs and poor documentation, reports the Wall Street Journal. He’s not alone, as a slew of designers say coding errors plague the software kit.

Google, which is hoping Android will lead to cheaper, more open access to the Internet by mobile phone users, says it’s because the kit they released last month is an “early look” it hopes will get developers talking. Google promised $10 million to the authors of the best applications to go with Android, set to launch in 2008.