6 Life at Google


So now the Android team was at Google. All they had to do was hire lots of people, build out the rest of the product, and ship it. Easy!

Not quite. In fact, Android started out at Google pretty much as it had existed outside of Google: it was a small, secret project that nobody knew anything about. They just happened to work on the other side of the badge-access doors. Android wasn’t acquired to help fill out an existing group that was already doing this work; they were hired to start that effort.

At this point, the Android team was just eight people, only half of whom were actually writing code to build the product. They ...

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