Happy Birthday, Android!
US operator T Mobile is celebrating the occasion when their T-Mobile G1 released, running the first Android 1.0 OS. It was on September 23, 2008, that Android's first OS was rolled out in the first set of mobile phones.
Reportedly, the OS was not quite perfect in its initial years. One of its shortcomings was that it couldn't play videos outside YouTube. Over the time, the operating system revised its imperfections and there has been no looking back. It was adopted by flagship brands, Motorola and Samsung. Consequently, Android OS dominated the market by 2010 and has been leading ever since.
In the present times, it is the most popular operating system, being used in over 2 million active devices. It has even expanded its domain beyond smartphones and is operating on TVs and PCs too. Here are 10 fun facts about Android:
Android 4.4 is called Kit Kat. Google had a deal with the company producing chocolate of the same name. Reportedly, there were some advertising partnerships involved.
Yes, it's true. The green robot logo, designed by Irina Blok, was inspired from usual gender signs seen commonly on the restrooms. Conversely, some claim that it was taken from Atari's “Gauntlet: The Third Encounter” game.
It was originally intended to be run on cameras so they could run applications. Amazingly, Android tops the OS market in the smartphones currently.
A company called Android Inc. created the software, which was later backed and got by Google in 2005, before its launch in 2008.
Android was named after its owner's mad obsession with the robots, Andy Rubin.
Google has released 24 version of the operating system since its inception in 2008 as it continues to grow and develop further.
Being an OSS, this means that users can actually change and modify the program code of the operating system. Manufacturers have even added many features into the OS.
Android 1.0 and 1.1 just carried simple names. Over time, Google though to make it a little more interesting by names the OS like 'Lollipop', 'Jelly Bean', 'Ice Cream Sandwich' and the latest 'Android Pie'.
It is the only version never to be launched for phones. The software had redesigned its interface completely and made compatible to be used only on tablets.
Android Wear, launched in 2010, has a special version of Android especially designed for smartwatches. Way before Samsung or Apple came out with their own smartwatches, Sony was already in the market with a live screen display watch.
Happy Ten Android! Thanks for making our lives much easier. We don't know where would we have been without you!
(With Inputs From ANI)