Today we’re listing down 5 interesting facts you may not know about Android.
The trademark Green Android Robot has a name: BugDroid.
Easily one of the most recognizable brand, the popular Green Android Robot is the face of the Android OS. It wasn’t always the case, says Dan Morrill, a member of the Android team. They had to spend countless of quality time with Inkscape before coming up with the design. The BugDroid design is credited to Irina Blok, a member of Google’s Marketing Communications Team.
The first Android phone prototype could pass up as a BlackBerry.
Many people believed Android phones would not have been what it is today had it not been for the iPhone. Prior to the launch of the iPhone in 2007, the designs of what was supposedly the very first Android phone was all over the interweb.
The device, nicknamed “Sooner”, resembled a typical BlackBerry phone, with a small screen, a trackpad and a landscape QWERTY keyboard. Dramatic design changes were introduced after the iPhone was launched. The first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 by HTC, had a much bigger display, a trackball, and a keyboard hidden under the sliding screen. The Sooner never made it to the market.
Android OS versions didn’t always had a “sweet” name.
While it’s common knowledge that Android releases major OS versions and names them after desserts, it wasn’t always the case. In the early days of Android, they released Android 1.0 (nicknamed Astro Boy) and 1.1 but weren’t named after sweets. It started with Android 1.5, tagged with the name “Cupcake“. It was then followed by; Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.1 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo (frozen yogurt), Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb (implemented on earlier tablets only), Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Android 7.0 Nougat. The upcoming Android 8.0 has yet to be named after a dessert and will start with the letter “O”. My guess is only as good as yours.
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Android OS was not created by Google
While many credit Google for creating the Android OS, it isn’t actually true. Android was the brain child of Andy Rubin, Nick Sears, Rich Miner and Chris White. The name “Android” was actually Rubin’s nickname. Nick Sears served as vice president of T-Mobile back then, that is why T-Mobile was able to land the very first Android powered phone, the T-Mobile G1, in collaboration with HTC. The T-Mobile G1 had a big screen, a trackball, a tactile keyboard, and no 3.5mm headphone jack. Looks like HTC beat Apple to it.
It wasn’t until 2005 when Google acquired Android Inc., with what many considers as one of the search engine giant’s best acquisition.
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Android overtakes Windows, now the world’s most popular operating system
As of June 2017, Android has overtaken Windows as the world’s most popular OS in getting online, as per Web analytics firm StatCounter. Looking at combined usage across desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile, Android usage hit 38.22 percent vs. Windows’ 37.74 percent. IOS is sitting at the third spot with 13.17%. As more and more people get access to affordable Android phones, it’s safe to say this trend will not be changing anytime soon.
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