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Welcome to Android Developers Backstage, a podcast by and for Android developers. Hosted by developers from the Android platform team, this show covers topics of interest to Android programmers, with in-depth discussions and interviews with engineers on the Android team at Google.

Apr 13, 2021

In this episode, Romain, Chet and Tor sit down with Brian Carlstrom and Nicolas Geoffray to discuss their work on ART (the Android Runtime). Brian and Nicolas describe the early prototypes and bringup of ART, getting it production ready, as well as recent developments such as cloud profiles.

Chet, Brian and Romain...


Mar 24, 2021

Chet and Romain host Chris Lacy, a long time independent Android developer. In this episode, Chris explains how he decides what apps to build, how he used various platform APIs to create innovative applications like LinkBubble, and what challenges he faces.

Top row: Chet, Chris Bottom row: RomainChet, Chris and Romain

Chris's apps include:
SwirlWalls, a...


Mar 3, 2021

What does a podcast look like? We don't know,
so here's a picture of the podcast's website
We want to hear from you! In this episode,
Tor, Romain, and Chet talk about what they could do — or not do —to improve Android Developers Backstage.

Please check our survey and let us know how you would...


Feb 20, 2021


It's history time! Or even [pre-]ART History time!
We didn't take a picture this time.
Please imagine what we looked like.

This time, Tor, Romain, and Chet were joined by Dan Bornstein, one of the early members of the Android team. Dan joined in 2005 to create a runtime for Android, which became Dalvik.


Feb 3, 2021



Top row: Chet, Romain, Rob.
Bottom row: Wale, Tor.
In this episode, we chat with Wale Ogunwale and Rob Carr from the Android Framework team about the Window Manager.

Tune in to learn about the evolution of the window manager, the distinction between System UI and the window manager, implementation...