Facts about Android
Android is an interesting subject to discuss because of rapid advancements in technology by software developers, are forcing the corporations evolve and innovate at a fast pace. One proof of the sophistication of technology today is the birth of Android. Android itself is an operating system that is designed primarily intended for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. For Android users the following interesting facts you may not know. How did the Android project start? What makes them run alone amid an increasingly crowded competitive technology? Who are the largest Android users?
Android was not Created by Google
Google was not the creator of the Android OS. In fact, Android was developed by Android Inc. in Palo Alto, California. The company was founded in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. They originally intended to develop an operating system for digital cameras. However, when they realized that the digital camera market was not big enough, they switched to a smartphone operating system to compete with Symbian and Windows Mobile while Apple iPhone had not been released at the time. In the same year, Andy Rubin ran out of money so on August 17, 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. After the acquisition, Google still retain they key employees of Android Inc., including Rubin, Miner and White. Since that time Android is rapidly growing and developing its mobile device platform.
Android operating system was developed from Linux
The core Android operating system was developed from the Linux kernel. Google has made a lot of changes that have been tailored to the needs of the market that Android has surpassed the original foundation of the Linux kernel. And you know that when it was first developed by Android Inc. that there are two updates: 1.0 and 1.1 Astro Bender. Under the management of Google, each Android update is named after a dessert or other food item. For example, Android 1.5 Cupcake then followed the next update 1.6 Donut. KitKat is the latest version which and was released on October 31, 2013.
Android is Open Source
Android OS is open source software which Google released the code under the Apache License. Android Open Source Project allows the user to modify and distribute it freely. Android also has application developer community that further extends the functionality of the device. This is what makes Android to grow much more rapidly than its competitors. So there are about 2 million applications available for Android and around 50 million applications have been downloaded from Google Play as of today. In one survey, it is discovered a new fact that Android is the most popular platform for developers and it has been used by 75 % of mobile application developers.The First Android phone is the HTC Dream
HTC Dream is the first phone that uses the Android OS. This Mobile phone was manufactured by HTC uses Android version 1.0 which was first released on September 23, 2008. Now Android has become operating system for about hundreds different phones and tablets.