A few words in the introduction
Android was launched in September 2008 and it has developed very much since its debut. By the end of 2010, it has become the leading smartphone platform in the world, which was due to the influence that Google brought in it and to the financial power. Even though Android is nowadays the most widely used mobile operating system in the world, there are still some interesting facts that not many people know about it.
Facts you didn’t know
Here are some interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about Android:
- At the beginning, Android was planned to be used as an operating system for digital cameras. Android was acquired by Google in 2005, but before that, Andy Rubin developed it to use as an OS for digital cameras. After he realized that smartphones were constituting the future rather than digital cameras, he adjusted the platform to be operating on smartphones instead of cameras.
- Android was not considered as a real threat by big players. Until 2007, the big players in the industry were Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm and they did not see Android as a threat for them.
- Android is the fastest growing operating system and tech product in the world. In only five years, Android achieved 1 billion active users, which made it be the fastest growing OS to have ever existed.
- Android is the OS that can run on the most diverse number of devices. Despite the fact that Android mostly runs on smartphones and tablets, it can also run on various other devices, such as TVs, smart watches, smart glasses, digital cameras, game consoles, home appliances, car infotainment systems and others.
- It is free to be a developer for Android. You can develop free apps and games for Android.
The Robot Logo Story
The Android robot logo was created in 2007 by a Russian-born designer based in San Francisco, named Irina Blok. She isn’t longer working for Google. For creating this logo, she was inspired by the pictograms from public restroom doors, which represent men and women.
Android now has the largest installed base of all operating systems worldwide. There are versions for mobile devices, TVs, cars and wearables, not forgetting game consoles, digital cameras and more.
How and when did Android start?
Android was first unveiled in 2007 by Google, who bought Android Inc. in 2005. Android Inc. was founded in 2003. After working under cover for most of the time, the very first smartphone was released in 2008 as the HTC Dream. In the United States, the T-Mobile G1 was launched.
The Android 1.0 user interface was developed with input from TAT (The Astonishing Tribe), a Swedish interaction design firm. This proved an excellent foundation for future Android user interfaces that still introduce new concepts all the time. An upgrade to V1.1 was successfully rolled out “over the air”, which was a first for a smartphone platform.
You can have your cake and eat it
Newer versions of Android were soon released in succession, each named after some dessert or sugary treat, including Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat. Cupcake introduced the first on-screen keyboard, while Éclair introduced Google Maps. During the first year of Android’s commercial existence, a new version was released every two-and-a-half months.
Who are the manufacturers?
Various manufacturers make Android devices and users often remain loyal to a make, rather than an operating system. The first Nexus smartphone to run on Android appeared in 2010 in the Nexus series of devices. Different versions of the Nexus were made by different manufactures including LG and Asus. In early 2011, Samsung entered the Android stage with Android version 2.3 on the Nexus S phone.
Google comes into Play
From 2013 until 2015, Google offered several Google Play Edition devices on the Google Play platform. These customized Android devices ran Android without carrier or manufacturer modifications. The Google Play Store would become an important platform for access to a huge variety of Google Android applications. To date, the Play Store has undergone five major redesigns in as many years.
Which candy comes next?
In 2014, Google launched Android One, a series of smartphones intended for the users in the developing world. There are also further inroads to be made with cars and wearables. What is the next version of Android called? Lollipop! We’re looking forward to many more surprises until Android reaches the end of the alphabet. It will have to reverse through the alphabet again, or start a new naming convention – that could be interesting. Maybe something less sugary and more healthy!