This explains something I've wondered about for a while. Back before
the competition I tried to build an app and couldn't get basic things
(like reading past byte 16384 of a file) working. I reported a bug,
provided an example, the whole thing. The bug and a lot (like
hundreds) of other bug reports were reviewed. But then they were never
fixed. Couldn't finish the app. Fine, whatever, I'll wait for the
I thought it was odd there were no further SDK updates -- what was
going on? Was Android delayed or canceled? Were they trying to make a
really good, complete release before they came out with something?
Now I know. They decided to work closely with a few developers and to
give them an advantage over everyone else. Could be there's a
reciprocal agreement with those developers to give them better support
in exchange for their app development work.
It's not an unusual move in software development. Not particularly
nice not to make it public, though. Just leaves the rest of us
hanging, waiting for an SDK update that never comes.