While Google's mobile phone platform, Android, and its Open Handset Alliance have been on the brink of significantly changing the mobile landscape since mid-November 2007, little has come out of the young software developer kit with its still-developing community and code.
On Thursday, Opera Labs announced a technical preview release of the Norwegian company's popular Opera Mini mobile browser for the Android platform. Not only are developers encouraged to scoop up the just-released app, Opera is itching for programmers' feedback to help smooth over any rough edges for an upcoming beta release.
Opera's Chris Mills provides a technical back story in his introductory article, in addition to links to the latest build of Google's Android SDK and a direct download link to the Android-Mini preview. Mills is quick to note that Opera Mini for Android is a compound neophyte in the Android universe--the method of running Opera Mini's code base within Android is still experimental, and as Android itself is far from completion, layers of back-end change are inevitable.