18 London Calling


Another boost to the browser team came from across the ocean.

Google’s London engineering office was originally started to work on mobile projects . . . but not on Android. The engineers in London made Google apps and services work on the plethora of mobile platforms and devices available at the time. Prior to the iPhone and Android (and for the first couple of years after they launched), there were many phone platforms being used in the world, and Google wanted to make its apps available on them.

The mobile effort initially began in Mountain View, and attracted engineers such as Cédric Beust,1 who led a team getting Gmail ...

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