Android is the mobile operating system developed by Google. Essentially, Google produces the software that runs almost every other mobile phone besides Apple’s iPhone. There are also some popular Android tablets as well. Android is a Linux-based software system, and similar to Linux, is free and open source software. This means that other companies can use the Android operating system developed by Google and use it in their mobile devices (more on that later). The distinguishing factor of this brand is a kernel. Android hosts a central core, which essentially is a strip code that helps the software operate.
Google Acquired Android Inc., A Small Startup, in 2005
Lot’s of people think that Google created Android, originally in 2003 Android was being produced and originally developed by Android Inc in California. Google decided to buy Android for $50,000,000.
The original creators were Android Inc. — led by Andy Rubin, who became the head of Android development at Google after the acquisition in 2005. Google bought the company because they thought Android Inc. had a interesting and important concept — of creating a powerful, yet free, mobile operating system — and its considerable mobile arsenal. Android helped Google to reach a younger audience as well as give the company a number of brilliant employees from Android Inc.
In March 2013, Andy Rubin decided to leave the company he founded, Android, to move on to other projects. However, Android hasn’t missed a step, and replaced him with Sundar Pichai. Pichai used to be the head of Chrome OS — Google’s desktop operating system (for laptops and desktops) — so his experiences leading development teams should be beneficial to Google.
Android Logo, Copied/Stolen ?
The Android robot mascot, Andy was first drafted from an Atari video game.
Some of the Tech heads believes that logo of Google’s Android Is similar to Atari Game called “Gauntlet is just a coincidence where else other believes it is been copied. Not just a character but the name itself is been copied from the game.
Android Versions??! Really?
See if you could spot down the similarities in the following set of words. Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean?
Yes, they are the names of Android versions but did you see the pattern. Google names the code names of Android versions in alphabetical order. These names are not random but names of desserts. Can you guess the next versions of Android now? Android 5.0 K………..?!, Android 6.0 L………….?!!
The First Android Smartphone was launched by HTC!
Though Samsung has captured much of the Android smartphone sector with its Galaxy series of devices.
Many times you might be wondering “which was the first android device” don’t you ? So HTC G1 was the first phone launched by HTC based of Google’s android operating system. It was also popular by name T-Mobile G1 & also known as the HTC Dream was released on October 2008. HTC Dream ran on Android 1.5 Cupcake.. Today Android is live with more than thousand different phones, tablets, and other devices.
Android and Sales!
About 1050-2100 Android smartphones have been activated since you started reading this article and 24 hours from now, 1.5 million people on this Earth would have got their hands on to their new Android device.
OMG Facts about Google Play Store
- There is more than 850,000 application available on play store with 48 billion downloads
- Google Play gift cards are currently available in the United States, Germany, France and United Kingdom. (soon in India)
- Play Magazines is only available in United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom (soon to India)
- Snake was the first app on Play Store
- Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.apk, A first malware on Play Store
Android in Space
In 2010 a British firm, STTL, launched a Nexus 1 into orbit where it runs scientific experiments and collects data.
- 60% of android users are under the age of 34
- Worlds cheapest android Smartphone is of 63 $
- 8% of android users switches from an iPhone
- 45% of android user says android is their first Smartphone
- Worlds expensive android Smartphone is of 2000 $
- Android user spend most of their time on Email, Games, Maps
- 46% of Android user prefer touch screen over a physical keyboard
- Google Maps And Gmail App is the most downloaded apps on Play Store
Android is a Mobile Powerhouse
Android has already posted some impressive figures that show that Android has become the number one mobile operating system in a number of areas. As of May 2013, 900 million Android devices had been activated. Also, as of the Q4 2012, Android owned 52 percent of the U.S. mobile market share and an astounding 70 percent globally. Obviously, these numbers fluctuate regularly, but Android has had a dominance in the worldwide global market share for quite some time now.