Android seems to be a very hot topic these days...
What is Android?
Android is a software platform for mobile devices, powered by the Linux kernel, initially developed by Google and later the Open Handset Alliance. It allows developers to write managed code in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries.
Google says 18 Android phones are coming this year, possibly more!
18 Android phones, possibly 20 on the market this year or even more (if you count all the rogue, Google App-free Android deployments that Google's not aware of) says Andy Rubin. Seeing as how we're already nearly half-way through the year with just a pair of Android handsets on the market (the T-Mobile G1, HTC Magic) and just another -- the Samsung i7500 Galaxy -- officially in the chute, we're going to see a flood of product before year's end.
Android goes up against a coming-soon new version of Microsoft’s mobile version of Windows, Apple’s proprietary iPhone system, the Blackberry platform, a new Palm OS for its Pre called WebOS, Symbian (mostly proferred by Nokia) and a host of Linux-based systems.
Canonical developers aim to make Android apps run on Ubuntu
At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona, Canonical has unveiled a prototype Android execution environment that could make it possible for Android applications to run on Ubuntu desktops in Xorg alongside regular Linux applications. The execution environment would function like a simulator, providing the infrastructure that is needed to make the applications run.
Sources: Arstechnica and NYtimes