Androids: The Team that Built the Android Operating System

  • 6h 50m
  • Chet Haase
  • No Starch Press
  • 2022

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?

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.

In this Book

  • Cast
  • ACKS
  • Introduction
  • Android the … Camera OS?
  • The Farm Team
  • Growing the Team
  • The Pitch
  • The Acquisition
  • Life at Google
  • The Systems Team
  • Java
  • Core Libraries
  • Infrastructure
  • Graphics
  • Media
  • Framework
  • UI Toolkit
  • System UI and Launcher
  • Design
  • The Android Browser
  • London Calling
  • Applications
  • Android Services
  • Location, Location, Location
  • Android Market
  • Communications
  • Developer Tools
  • Lean Code
  • Open Source
  • Managing All the Things
  • Deals
  • Product vs. Platform
  • Android != Google
  • The Wild West
  • Fun with Hardware
  • Fun with Robots
  • Work Harder, Not Smarter
  • Bacon Sundays
  • Postcards from Barcelona
  • Competition
  • Meanwhile, in Cupertino …
  • The SDK Launch
  • The Run Up to 1.0
  • 1.0 Launch
  • G1 Reception
  • Just Desserts
  • The Early Devices
  • Droid Did
  • Samsung and More
  • The Hockey Stick
  • The Team
  • Decisions, Decisions
  • Timing
  • Success! We’re Still Here!


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