Dutch meet Android for the first time

Fri 9 January 2009 15:57, Bas van den Beld

Dutch meet Android for the first time

Europe most of the time ‘comes second’ when it comes to launches of a new product. And then when it comes most addicts will already have bought the product in the US, hacked it and sometimes gotten rid of it.

With the Google Android phone things seem to be a little different. Partlyu because the phone didn’t launch with the same kind of ‘bang’ as the iPhone, partly because Europeans can already ‘play’ with the phone. For that purpose a group of Dutch mobile-adepts organized the first “Android Dev Camp Amsterdam”. With T-Mobile as the sponsor an event which couldn’t fail.

Over 300 tech-geeks got together in Amsterdam to see showcases, hear the Dutch Google Country Manager and a representative of T-Mobile speak and finally, actually play with the phone. Before the break there were speakers, with keynote speaker Alexander Muse and the showcases. After the break there were workshops in which developers could go and work with API’s and other data.

Because Android is a open source platform Google expects a lot of programmers to go and work with it and develop applications for it. To get the Dutch started Google and T-Mobile started a competition in which developers can send in applications. The winner gets to go to San Francisco.

One of the showcases was the WIkitude App:

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