Google launched its Google IO developer conference in 2008, when it was gearing up to tackle the mobile phone industry. The company had acquired Andy Rubin's company, Android Inc., in 2005, and was preparing to bring the OS to market. It needed a legion of informed and excited developers. The 2008 Google IO conference charged up the audience for Android, but there was a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem for the new operating system. Nobody had the hardware.
By the time the 2009 Google IO conference came around, there was still only one Android phone on the … Read more