When you hear about the story of Android, you only remember about Google, and how the company transformed this OS and changed mobile app development forever.
The history of Android
When Andy Rubin came up with the idea of Android, he had to beat two technological giants – Apple and Microsoft. At the same time, he also had to go against the business models of wireless carriers, while convincing phone manufacturers to adopt this open source OS.
During the early 2000s, the carriers were the ones in charge of every aspect of phones, such as its cost and marketing. Although Andy Rubin convinced T-Mobile to sell his first mobile phone, the Danger Hiptop, they only agreed to do so, after they rebranded it the Sidekick.
Soon, he joined hands with Rich Miner, a Google Venture employee, Chris White, the interface designer for WebTV, and Nick Sears, the marketing executive for T-Mobile to form Android, Inc. Although the battle was extremely challenging, they worked hard against all odds.
In 2005, Larry Page, the co-founder of Google met with the founders of Android, two times, before informing them that the search giants wanted their startup. In July 2005, the team behind Android moved into Google’s headquarters.
The rest is history
Google along with HTC launched the first phone to run Android, the legendary T-Mobile G1 or the HTC Dream, to take on the iconic iPhone. In a market dominated by the likes of Nokia, Blackberry, and Samsung, Apple and Google were the outliers, who chose to do something different.
Many of the features that you take for granted, such as notifications, widgets, and over-the-air (OTA) updates were present in the first version of Android. Although it didn’t have any name, the updates 1.5 and 1.6 started the trend, where every new version of Android has a name after a sweet treat, such as cupcake and donut.
In 2010, Android took after Google launched another iconic phone, the Nexus One, manufactured by HTC. Soon Samsung joined the game, releasing their Galaxy lineup, which introduced the best of the Korean manufacturer to the world.
After several OS updates, the Android you see today, was quite different from the first version. The user interface is different and has become extremely quick in app load times, a testament to how much work Google has put in to develop Android. Today, 88% of the smartphones around the world run Android, transforming it from the search giant’s flagship software to a dangerous wildcard!