Rumors have been swirling for quite a long time that Google was coming up with a hardware competitor for Apple’s iPhone. Apparently not. They’ve just announced Android, a collection of OS, UI, and applications for mobile devices that is meant to run across various hardware supplied by major mobile device makers. They’re planning to release an SDK for developers in November, with phones based on the platform showing up later in 2008.

So, software for mobile phones that allows third-party applications? Sounds like a direct shot at OS X on the iPhone. I wonder if Apple will get their SDK out there a little earlier now? (Too bad they didn’t work together. That would have been interesting.)

Link courtesy of Planet Intertwingly.