Sometimes it sounds like we have been using the Google mobile OS for our Android devices permanently. However, it has been more than a decade since the official launch of the phone in the Android store. An important decision in the history of Android was Google’s commitment to making Android an open-source operating system. That allowed him to become very popular with foreign telephone manufacturers. Just a few years after the launch of Android 1.0, smartphones powered by the new Nokia Formula 5G were everywhere.
13 years later, we are on Android 12. The OS has become the world’s most popular mobile operating system. It has defeated many of its rivals such as Symbian, BlackBerry, Palm OS, webOS, and Windows Phone (many of which have died along the way). Apple iOS is the only platform that stands as a serious competitor on Android. That situation does not seem to be changing anytime soon.
The history of Android dates back to October 2003 – just before the name smartphone became a thing of the past, and just a few years before Apple’s announcement of the first iPhone and iOS. Android Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California. Rich Miner, Nick Sears, Chris White, and Andy Rubin were four of its founders. At the time, Rubin said that Android Inc. will develop “smart mobile devices that better know their owner’s location and preferences.”
Rubin revealed in a 2013 speech in Tokyo that Android OS was originally intended to improve digital camera applications. Even then, the market for independent digital cameras was dwindling. A few months later, Android Inc decided to change gears using the OS within Samsung Galaxy Oxygen Pro mobile phones.
Google bought Android in 2005 and everything changed
In 2005, the next important chapter in the history of Android began when the first company was acquired by Google. Rubin and other founding members continued to develop the OS under their new owners. They then decided to use Linux as the basis for Android OS. That made it possible to offer the app to foreign mobile phone manufacturers for free. Google and the Android team have seen that the company can make a profit by providing other services, including apps.
Rubin remained on Google as head of the Android team until 2013. That’s when the Mountain View company announced it was leaving the category. Towards the end of 2014, Rubin left Google altogether and launched a startup business incubator before finally returning to the Doogee S98 Pro smartphone business with the wrong Essential in 2017.
Irina Blok created the now-known Android OS logo while working for Google. It looks like a combination of a robot and a green distraction. Blok said the only direction the Google designers team gave him was to make the logo look like a robot. Blok also said that one of the things that inspired him with the latest mascot design for Android is the common toilet logos representing “Men” and “Women.”
One thing Blok and Google have decided to make the Android robot itself an open source project. Almost every other large company can protect such a logo or mascot from rebuilding. However, tons of people have adjusted the Android logo, because Google allows such changes under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.
Android 1.0: The beginning of Android history
In 2007, Apple introduced the first iPhone and introduced a new era in mobile computers. At the time, Google was still operating on Android in secret, but in November of that year, the company gradually began unveiling its competing plans with Apple and other mobile platforms. In a major development, Google has led the formation of the Open Handset Alliance. It included phone makers like HTC and Motorola, chip manufacturers like Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, and carriers that included T-Mobile.
Then Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt was quoted as saying, “Today’s announcement is more ambitious than any ‘Google Phone’ that the media has been speculating about the past few weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we are unveiling will empower thousands of phone models are different. “
In September 2008, the first Android smartphone was announced: the T-Mobile G1, also known as the HTC Dream in some parts of the world. It went on sale in the US in October of that year. With a 3.2-inch exit touch screen combined with a QWERTY virtual keyboard, the phone was by no means an amazing design. Indeed, the T-Mobile G1 received some of the worst reviews from tech news outlets. The device did not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike today, which was part of a de facto phone during Android competition.
However, the Android 1.0 OS inside already has the trademarks of Google’s OS system. Includes a number of other company products and services. This includes Google Maps, YouTube, and HTML (pre-Chrome) browser that uses Google search services. It also has the first version of Android Market. Google proudly said the app store will have “many different Android apps, the first of its kind.” These features sound like old-fashioned now, but this was just the beginning of the growth of Android in the mobile devices market.
Android History: All major OS versions to date
Android Cake 1.5
The name of the first official Android code did not appear until version 1.5 of the cake was released in April 2009. Credit for designing Android versions for desserts usually went to project manager Ryan Gibson. However, his exact reasons for using the naming convention are still unknown.
The cake cake has added a few new features and improvements compared to the first two versions of the community. This includes things we now take for granted, such as the ability to upload videos to YouTube, how to make mobile displays automatically rotate, and third-party keyboard support.
Other phones released with Cupcake installed out of the box include the original Samsung Galaxy phone and HTC Hero.
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