The Android developer petition to Google for an updated public SDK has grown to over 120 signatures as of today from less than a week ago.
The petition was started by Nicolas Gramlich, aka by his handle PlusMinus, first in Android’s Google Groups and then recently on AndDev.org. The German echoed the frustration expressed by many developers in the community about the seeming contradiction with the lack of openness about an open source code. Fanning the flames Google sent an email to all applicants of the Android Developer Challenge about a new SDK, which could be accessed by the 50 winners ONLY.
Nicolas told me “,it feels like a tiny push that says like ‘Hey you, there is something moving…’. So, besides a mistake, this could also have been a PR-action.
On the other hand, some developers feel like being made a fool of.” He believes in Android and continues to create applications off the “buggy” SDK including a recently developed game called AndPipes.
We share the sense that Google will do the right thing and provide the SDK to all ADC applicants, if not the entire public, shortly in August as a mea culpa and then reengage this vital community toward the final product push for later this year.