HISTORY OF ANDROID
HISTORY OF ANDROID
Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google. It is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open-source software and is designed primarily for touch screen mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. Android is an open-source software platform and Linux-based operating system for mobile devices and smart phones. Android was developed by the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunications companies, led by Google, and commercially sponsored by Google.
The development of Android started in 2003 by Android, Inc., which was purchased by Google in 2005. The first thing that we should understand to know the origin of android. Everyone is interested to know how android started and from where it came into being. There was a company named Android, Inc which was established by four friends. They were 1, Andy Rubin 2, Chris White 3, Rich Miner 4, Nick Sears
htc-the first andriod device
The first publicly available Android device was the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1, which was released on October 22, 2008. The Android operating system has since gone through multiple major releases, with the current version being 13. Android has a large and growing ecosystem of third-party applications, which can be acquired by users either through an app store such as Google Play or by downloading and installing the application’s APK file from a third-party site. Android has a user base of over 2 billion monthly active users, making it the most popular mobile operating system in the world.
The first commercially available Android device was the HTC Dream. It was released on October 22, 2008, and featured a touch screen, a trackball, and a physical keyboard. The Android 1.0 operating system was based on the Linux kernel 2.6.23. It was initially developed by Android, Inc., a firm co-founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The early intentions of the company were to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras, and this was the basis of its pitch to investors in April 2004. The company then decided that the market for cameras was not large enough for its goals, and by five months later it had diverted its efforts and was pitching Android as a handset operating system that would rival Sambaing and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
Rubin had difficulty attracting investors early on, and Android was facing eviction from its office space. Steve Perlman, a close friend of Rubin, brought him $10,000 in cash in an envelope and shortly thereafter wired an undisclosed amount as seed funding. Perlman refused a stake in the company, and stated “I did it because I believed in the thing, and I wanted to help Andy.”
Google acquired andriod Inc
In July 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. for at least $50 million, whose key employees, including Rubin, Miner, and White, stayed at the company after the acquisition. Not much was known about Android Inc. at the time, but many assumed that Google was planning to enter the mobile phone market with this move. At Google, the team led by Rubin developed a mobile device platform powered by the Linux kernel. Google marketed the platform to handset makers and carriers on the promise of providing a flexible, upgradeable system. Google had lined up a series of hardware component and software partners and signaled to carriers that it was open to various degrees of cooperation on their part.
Google developed a mobile phone
Speculation about Google’s intention to enter the mobile communications market continued to build through December 2006. Reports from the BBC and The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, August 15, 2006, revealed that Google was developing a mobile phone. Details of the partnership were not disclosed at the time, but it was reported that Google was working with several hardware and software partners, including HTC, and that key members
All the above was only to explain you the journey of android. This explanation will not be necessary for any coding within android. It was only intended by the author (me) to show you way of the Android journey from start to till now.