20 Android Services

One mouse click away from a disaster of unprecedented1 proportion in the mobile industry.

—Android services team slogan

For the most part, the Android team operated separately from the rest of Google. Google funded the project and checked in with the leadership team, but otherwise left them alone. The Android team kept their heads down, writing the operating system, the tools, the apps, and everything else they needed, without interacting with the larger engineering organization in Google.

Except for the services team.

If you’re writing a single-player game, which only needs to deal with the local device and storage, you can do that independently of any back-end infrastructure or mechanisms. But for most other applications, ...

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