Google Developer Lab #ADL2010

Android Lab LogoSo about a month ago I registered for the Google Developer Labs World Tour.  They asked for the package name of apps we’ve developed, so I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get in since I had just published my very first app.  Well, last week I received an email confirming my seat!

On Wednesday I showed up at the Googleplex and headed to the building that was indicated in the email.  Waiting in the lobby, I mingled with a couple other guys before we got to register and take our seats.  I was so excited I was almost shaking! – almost

The Lab was really helpful; they first did an overview of the android platform, the mission and goals of the product and how we are fulfilling that as developers.  It was all very motivational!  I wanted to crank out some code right then and there.  The speaker, named Justin, walked us through the stuff that’s new in Android 2.0+ and then the schedule mentioned a break before a code lab.  Justin told us that the lab would focus around a new section in the SDK for 2.0 – bluetooth.  Unfortunately, bluetooth isn’t supported in the emulator that we had all loaded onto our computers.  “Sorry guys,” Justin said “we’ve only got a couple test devices, so we’re all going to have to share.  You know what? Forget it, you’re all getting a DROID”

For a second it was pretty quiet; I think everyone was still waiting to see if he was joking!  He wasn’t! Other Google employees started handing out boxes and marking our nametags when we got ours.  I wasn’t surprised we got the phone because I had done my homework and heard that the other labs all got one, but man, it’s so fun to get free stuff!

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First picture taken with the DROID

So we all quickly opened our boxes and got to work activating and trying out the phones (well, i guess not everyone, I saw a few unopened DROIDs pop up on Craigslist the next day…)  The lab was really useful and taught me the proper use for Intents and how these hooks can better integrate different apps.  I felt a little behind; I would catch up right as we were moving on to a new topic, but it was great.  I really enjoyed the entire experience.

Thanks Google for an awesome phone and for the free lab!  I can’t wait to continue developing for Android.  Look for new posts in the next few days as I enjoy finally having a physical device to test on!