Android was initially developed by Android Inc. (team of Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White) in October 2003. Although, Android was developed to revolutionize digital camera industry they change their focus toward mobile phone (as they saw future in mobile phone market).
Later in 2005 Google spend an estimated amount of $50 million to acquire Android. Larry Page who is co-founder, as well as CEO of the Google, bought Android with the vision to put the power of computers in mobile phones.
In November 2007, Google unveiled the Android. However, the T-Mobile G1 manufactured by HTC was the first phone to go on sale with Android installed. The phone hit the sales record of 1 million which was the reason Android attract other mobile phone manufacturing companies to develop phones on this platform.
As customers demand was increasing, Google launched the commercial version of Android named Android 1.0 in September 2008. Thereafter they continuously upgraded the version of Android giving a name to each version. Such as: Cupcake in April 2009, Donut in September 2009, Éclair in October 2009, Froyo in May 2010, Gingerbread in December, 2010, Honeycomb in February, 2011, Ice Cream Sandwich in October, 2011, Jelly Bean in July, 2012, KitKat in October, 2013, Lollipop in 2014, Marshmallow in October, 2015, Nougat in August, 2016 and recently Oreo in August, 2017. Till date Android Marshmallow followed by Lollipop is considered as the most used versions of Android. Android made sure they give a completely new feature with the launch of every version.
Initially, Android had the world market share of 2.8% in 2009 and grown exponentially to 33% by the end of 2010. In 2011, it became the top-selling smartphone in the USA with the 31.2% market share overtaking BlackBerry OS. Globally, more than 100 million devices were already activated in 2011.
It didn’t stop here, by July 2012, Android was able to capture 52% of the US market and 90% of the mobile market in China. In September 2012, 500 million devices with Android were activated. Finally, in September 2013, Android hit the 1 billion activations. Android had the global market share of around 87.5% as of 2016.
Not, only this Google Play Store, which is a legal store to download Android apps had over 2.7 million applications until February 2017.
Facts about Android
- On an average, Android users touch their phones 2,617 times per day.
- There are 4000+ different Android devices.
- There is more than 400 Android device manufactures as of 2015.
- About, 500 different mobile carriers offer Android devices (2015).
- Over 600 models of Android Smartphones were launched in 2015.
- Over 100 car models and stereos runs under Android OS.
- Android releases are alphabetical and are always named after sweets.
- Irina Blok designed the Android Logo.
- Sony was the first company to develop a smartwatch under Android platform.
- The meaning of the word Android is human with a male robot appearance.
- Android is available in 46 different languages.