39 The SDK Launch

Brian Swetland and Iliyan Malchev record a clip for an intro video that posted1 on November 5, 2007. (Picture courtesy Peisun Wu.)

By providing developers a new level of openness that enables them to work more collaboratively, Android will accelerate the pace at which new and compelling mobile services are made available to consumers.

—Open Handset Alliance press release, November 5, 2007

Android launched an early version of the SDK long before it shipped 1.0, or the source code, or any physical hardware. Launching the SDK early gave developers plenty of time to learn about Android and build and test their applications. ...

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