DroidCamp / DroidCon Berlin. May 2010

We went camping again. This time it was to take part in what one would call a “gathering of Androids” of sorts. Droid Camp Berlin was another successful event, in what will prove to be a continued and ongoing string of successes marching steadily throughout the globe.

DroidCamp is partnered with Droid Con, the official Android Conference. DroidCamp, patterned after the BarCamp brings in a healthy mix of developers of all skills sets from around the region, some travelling as far as the California Coast, Taiwan and India.

Both events ensure a unique balance of “developer driven” (DroidCamp) and “corporate backing” (DroidCon) energies. Unlike most conferences, DroidCons have a “developer focus” mindset and although a corporate presence is indeed obvious, the brand logos are there to support, sponsor and encourage the Android Movement.

This was Berlin’s second time around for hosting the two events and the number of attendees had doubled considerably from last year’s November 3-4, 2009 showing. The fact that there were attendees from as far away as Taiwan and India proves that the value of DroidCamps and DroidCons can be felt across the globe. What with the Android Movement gaining momentum fast and furious towards the end of the last quarter of 2009 and has not slowed down since, creates a promising sign that the world is ready for Android.

Just in the past few months alone, Google’s open source operating system – Android, has managed to seep into devices of all types. From small to big, companies are now looking towards implementing the operating system into its roadmap for new products and services due to the platforms flexibility and ease. Despite the positive signs that have come about, one challenge still looms above and that is the undeniable fact of Android’s fragmentation.

However, in a recent interview, Andy Rubin (Chief Architect of the Android OS) had one of the best explanations for excusing fragmentation and seeing it as perfectly normal, given the speed of which versions are being deployed, unlike Apple’s scheduled updates. Rubin reminded us of what Android really is. It’s about choice. He explained that if every device were to have the same interface and operating system then Android would be a mere commodity. That’s definitely not what the Android OS stands for. Android is truly about empowerment through choice.

And speaking of “Empowerment and Choice”, we’ve highlighted just a few of the many great moments that took place at these two events. It was difficult to see and take part in all sessions and talks since almost all were more than worth seeing. You can see which moments we were able to capture by visiting the DroidCamp Highlights and the DroidCon Highlights.

Photos and video’s were taken of the two events from various sources. Here are some of our photographic contributions.



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