New book: Androids: The Team That Built the Android Operating System

The book Androids: The Team That Built the Android Operating System is now available for purchase in Kindle form on Amazon; not sure if there are other formats, etc. But I bought a copy and will try to read it this week. Here’s the description:

In 2004, Android was two people who wanted to build camera software. But they couldn’t get investors interested. Today, Android is a large team at Google, shipping an operating system (including camera software) to over three billion devices worldwide.

This is the inside story, told by the people who made it happen.

“What are the essential ingredients that lead a small team to build software at the sheer scale and impact of Android? We may never fully know, but this first person account is probably the closest set of clues we have.”

–Dave Burke, VP of Android Engineering

“Androids captures a strong picture of what the early development of Android, as well as the Android team, was like.”

–Dianne Hackborn, Android Framework Engineer

“Androids is the engaging tale of a motley group of coders with a passion to make insanely great products who banged out the operating system when that idea seemed nuts.

True to his geek genes, Chet Haase tells this remarkable tale of technical and business success from the trenches, an inspiring, massive collective effort of dozens of programmers who flipped their seemingly late timing to their advantage, and presaged a generation of platform builders. Read Androids to discover what it takes to create a hot tech team that shipped a product running today on more than 3 billion devices.”

–Jonathan Littman, co-author of The Entrepreneurs Faces: How Makers, Visionaries and Outsiders Succeed, and author of The Fugitive Game

All profits from the book will be donated to charity.

Conversation 4 comments

  • james.h.robinson

    Premium Member
    16 August, 2021 - 10:26 am

    <p>Thanks for the heads up. I’m going to download a sample from Amazon now.</p>

  • wunderbar

    Premium Member
    16 August, 2021 - 11:58 am

    <p>This is interesting. I might have to give it a read at some point.</p>

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    16 August, 2021 - 2:54 pm

    <p>So the writing is just OK but I’ve already learned some things I never knew. It’s clearly worth reading. </p>

  • phjeong

    18 August, 2021 - 10:00 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I am very much into the Android OS because there are some changes that can be talked about. It’s really cool that this works out well since there are phones that have improved with this kind of thing. It’s really cool that there are changes that people can make and I hope that it continues to work out with this.</span></p>

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