Here are some quick links to understanding what the Android platform is about. Be warned that they are very skewed in one direction or another.
- App Store versus Android Marketplace (Phandroid)
- Android Market (Android Blog)
- Android Marketplace Not Guarded (Android Community)
- T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) Order Information (Android Community)
- Who's Going to Buy Android Phones (Android Guys)
- Why Apple Is Being So Mean With SDK (Roughly Drafted)
- Android: Modern Day DOS to Apple's iPhone (Roughly Drafted)
- Apple Give Opposition Opening (Onxo)
- Google Becoming Microsoft with Android (Cnet)
- Google Takes out Gtalk and Bluetooth (Daily Tech)
Whatever is finally said and done, there is so far no talk of an iPhone killer from Google or its allies. It's a very smart move on their part. The excitement will be there. You can feel it if you follow the Google crowd. May not as crazy as the iPhone folks.
Once the dust settles in the next month or so and the fans have had their fill, the next challenge will be if the average Joe shows up. I know I will.