It seems that if you were a finalist in the google Android Developer Challenge you have the option to sign an NDA which allows you access to SDK updates. This is all well and good unless of course you are not a finalist. So basically, the typical developer is at a disadvantage according to this Ars Technica article.
How was this discovered if the developers were under NDA? Simple — Google employee David McLaughlin accidentally sent notification of a new SDK release to a public Android mailing list.
Expect a new interview question from the search leader which delves into mailing lists.
Suffice it to say, developers are upset by this news and Google now has a PR problem on its hands.
With the success of Apple’s iPhone App Store, one wonders if Google will be able to compete with Apple for the attention of mobile developers going forward.
I am looking forward to discussing the matter further with developers at the Communications Developer Conference, September 16-18, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. Hope to see you there.