Androids: The Team that Built the Android Operating System

Androids: The Team that Built the Android Operating System

by Chet Haase
Androids: The Team that Built the Android Operating System

Androids: The Team that Built the Android Operating System

by Chet Haase


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The fascinating inside story of how the Android operating system came to be.

In 2004, Android was two people who wanted to build camera software but couldn't get investors interested. Today, Android is a large team at Google, delivering an operating system (including camera software) to over 3 billion devices worldwide. This is the inside story, told by the people who made it happen.

Androids: The Team that Built the Android Operating System is a first-hand chronological account of how the startup began, how the team came together, and how they all built an operating system from the kernel level to its applications and everything in between. It describes the tenuous beginnings of this ambitious project as a tiny startup, then as a small acquisition by Google that took on an industry with strong, entrenched competition. Author Chet Haase joined the Android team at Google in May 2010 and later recorded conversations with team members to preserve the early days of Android's history leading to the launch of 1.0. This engaging and accessible book captures the developers' stories in their own voices to answer the question: How did Android succeed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781718502680
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 07/19/2022
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,046,558
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chet Haase has spent many years working in high tech companies across Silicon Valley, usually on graphics software. He joined the Android team at Google in 2010, where he has written animation and UI software, led the UI toolkit team, served as Android's Chief Advocate in developer relations, and is now an engineer in the graphics team. He writes books and articles, creates videos and gives presentations, either humorous or technical (often both). This is Chet's sixth book. His other books include two programming books, two humor books, and one slim volume of poetry about donuts.

Table of Contents

Cast xi

Acks xv

Introduction xix

Part I In the Beginning

1 Android the … Camera OS? 3

2 The Farm Team 7

3 Growing the Team 17

4 The Pitch 23

5 The Acquisition 33

6 Life at Google 35

Part II Building the Platform

7 The Systems Team 45

8 Java 73

9 Core Libraries 85

10 Infrastructure 91

11 Graphics 99

12 Media 111

13 Framework 117

14 UI Toolkit 137

15 System UI and Launcher 151

16 Design 159

17 The Android Browser 169

18 London Calling 181

19 Applications 187

20 Android Services 195

21 Location, Location, Location 211

22 Android Market 221

23 Communications 225

24 Developer Tools 235

25 Lean Code 245

26 Open Source 245

27 Managing All the Things 255

28 Deals 269

29 Product vs. Platform 273

Part III The Android Team

30 Android = Google 279

31 The Wild West 283

32 Fun with Hardware 287

33 Fun with Robots 291

34 Work Harder, Not Smarter 293

35 Bacon Sundays 297

36 Postcards from Barcelona 299

Part IV Launches

37 Competition 303

38 Meanwhile, in Cupertino 307

39 The SDK Launch 311

40 The Run Up to 1.0 319

41 1.0 Launch 325

42 G1 Reception 329

43 Just Desserts 331

44 The Early Devices 335

45 Droid Did 343

46 Samsung and More 349

47 The Hockey Stick 353

Part V Why It Worked

48 The Team 359

49 Decisions, Decisions 361

50 Timing 365

51 Success! We're Still Here! 369


A Jargon 373

B Related Content 381

Index 383

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