Android History

History of Android Operating System

Android Operating system History

Android changed the way most mobile users used to utilize their phones but very few actually know its history and the details about it. Android came into existence under the umbrella of Google in 2005 who released it as a smartphone operating in 2007. Before 2007, the phone Companies who thought Android would not change much had client like Nokia. Nokia was the market leader in phone industry before 2007 but it did not switch from the windows operating system and fall into the lose that it could not recover again. The companies such as Samsung who had behind the market leader became market leaders themselves because of launching Android in their smartphones and tablet devices. Now Android is the most widely used smartphone operating system worldwide.

But What Actually Android is?

Android is an operating system based on Linux kernel, and the operating system Linux kernel itself is the building block of Android. Android was first tried to develop as a digital cameras operating system by Andy RubinRich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. But later they realized that the digital camera is not big enough to meet up their future goals. Now the company decided to target mobile phone industry and launched an operating system which was more intelligent and customized to the needs of users. The company competitors were Microsoft Windows and Symbian at that time.

Rubin had a really hard time in finding financers for the development of Android software but after a great struggle one of his close friend Steve provided him with the initial finance to start the project and when asked, he said, he did so because he believed in Rubin.

The company become a success story and later bought by Google in 2005 when Android was acquired by the Google; all the founders of Android went to the Google for developing it much further. Google proved to be a blessing and a better platform who won the trust of mobile manufacturers by creating collaborative software and the devices with the Android. Google launched Android as a Mobile software which will be highly user friendly and has the constant trait of upgrading. With its promotion the mobile companies started accepting it as a new opportunity and launched this operating system in their devices.

Although nowadays Android is known for its high tech features like Retina detection but the first prototype it launched had a QWERTY keyword and the operating system used to much look like BlackBerry Phone. At that time, Apple IPhones were launched with the touch screen and Android understood that if they want to stay in the game they had to upgrade their OS and the hardware devices that can play the role of competitor by offering touch screen to the Android users. After learning from its mistakes, company launched its first real market product in the form of HTC Dream. The mobile did well in the market and Android was also working with mobiles and chipsets manufacturers.

Versions of Android

Versions:

The real rise of Android platform in 2008 when the company started upgrading the features and gets a bit experience in fixing up errors of previous versions. The versions of Android started from the Cupcake and the list carried on with different name of the dessert and sweets. When asked, a spokesperson of Google, he stated that they want to be a bit inscrutable therefore they named every version after a dessert. But not everything is random, as everyone knows that the name of every versions began with the English alphabetical letter in series such as C for Cupcake, D for Donut and N for Nougat.

Along with introducing the Nexus devices in 2010, Google also proclaimed about the introduction of Android OS in Samsung Galaxy S4, which would not be a Samsung specific Android version but a universal one that Android will use in other devices such Moto and HTC. This was a big turning point for Android, as it had successfully added loyal team of alliances in Android and also succeed in developing its own hardware devices.

Big Smart Phones:

After doing well on other big smartphones, such as Samsung and HTC, Android decided to launch a low cost mobile set for developing countries which would target price sensitive markets. The mobile device was named Android One, it was launched first in India and after a year later Android relaunched Android One in Africa. Later it was also considered that Google will target U.S market in the coming years.

Noticing opportunity in the Mobile Phone Market, Google launched its Pixel series in 2016 which was considered as a successor of a Nexus. Google also declared that the on coming series will be introduced considering as the further successor of current Pixel series.

Products of Android:

Mobile and Tablets

Android is known for being the most widely used operating system for not only on smartphones but also on the tablets. In the recent history, Android has also started catering the smart TV in which you can see Android OS functionality. The big names using Android OS nowadays include Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei and Motorola. Almost every giant smartphone and tablet manufacturer is using the Android as default in their devices. This increasing trend of Android platform has created a great relation with the customers.

People are nowadays either using IOS or Android; however people using Android are far larger in the numbers. Android user friendly interface had first made impression on the masses which is the basic reason of its immense popularity and now it is constantly upgrading the features in has previously supported several devices with. It is one of those platforms in history that has greatest convenience and ease of use and you never get short of new features and applications to run on the phone.You never feel to switch on other operating system to use some newly launched digital facility.

Android devices are constantly upgrading with specific version names after a dessert. Even the smart TVs also bears Android Versions belong to one such series.  Following are all versions of Android that has been launched since 2008.

Apple Pie 1.0 [Sep 2008]

Android Apple Pie was the first version highly limited in the features

Banana Bread 1.1 [Feb 2009]

Banana Bread came with some upgraded features comparatively to Apple Pie but still very primitive at that time

Cupcake 1.5 [Apr 2009]

Being the third version of Android OS, it was the one bearing Bluetooth and used to record video features in Android version series.

Donut 1.6 [Sep 2009]

Donut introduced navigation, for which it is well known.

Éclair 2.0–2.1 [oct 2009]

Éclair was the fifth in Android version series and known for its Microsoft Exchange support.

Froyo 2.2–2.2.3 [May 20, 2010]

Froyo has a great importance in the history of Android as it was the one who put the foundation of Application downloading by introducing Application installation. It has the great emotional connection with the consumer for having animated GIF.

Gingerbread 2.3–2.3.7 [December 6, 2010]

The most used feature of social networking nowadays, was first introduced in Gingerbread. It has put a milestone the way users see their phone as a socializing tools.

Honeycomb 3.0–3.2.6 [February 22, 2011]

Honeycomb has 3D interface which is nowadays not a big deal in any smart phone but at that time it was.

Ice cream sandwich 4.0–4.0.4 [October 18, 2011]

The most common identifiers of a smartphone like, Wi-Fi and pattern lock were first launched in Ice Cream version.

Jelly bean 4.1–4.3.1 [July 9, 2012]

The voice search which is a basic feature in many driving apps was first known to be released in Jelly Bean.

Kitkat 4.4–4.4.4 [October 31, 2013]

Kitkat was the first Android version having screen recording and even till 2017 about 18% of the Android users had this version.

Lollipop 5.0–5.1.1 [November 12, 2014]

Although Lollipop is not known for very specific technological feature yet the design has been first introduced in this version.

Marshmallow 6.0–6.0.1 [October 5, 2015]

Till 2016, finger recognition feature was the big promoter in the ads of tablets and smartphones of Android which was first introduced by Marshmallow.

Nougat 7.0–7.1.2 [August 22, 2016]

Virtual reality which was the game changer for media players and video games was first launched in the Nougat version of Android.

Applications:

Android has an open source OS which means anyone can develop apps for Android platform either for smartphones, tablets or smart TV. Nowadays there is an application for everything we do and it has almost changed the way we use our phones. For instance, in the early days phones were powered by the telecommunication companies for communication but now most of the calls, text messages and even video calls we made are via apps using internet connectivity.

Diminishing telecommunication industry and making way for new application development organization, Android applications played a really significant role and have an enormous effect on almost everything in digital world. Now we use our devices as PCs, TV remote and AC remote and what the future will bring we can only imagine.

 

Reference:

Android version history – Wikipedia

The version history of the Android mobile operating system began with the public release of the Android beta in November 5, 2007. The first commercial version, Android 1.0, was released in September 2008. Android is continually developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, and it has seen a number of updates to its base operating system since the initial release.

Android – History

Take a walk down memory lane and explore all of Android’s tasty treats. Each major release version is named after something sweet.

Android (operating system) – Wikipedia

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open source software and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface.