Android announced 5 years ago today, happy birthday Android!
Today marks an important day in the world of Android. While most will be quoting the various Guy Fawkes Day poems, some will be celebrating Android’s fifth birthday. On this day in 2007, Android would be announced for the first time by the Open Handset Alliance.
By November 2010, the Open Handset Alliance has well over two dozen members. If featured carriers like Sprint and NTT DoCoMo, handset makers like HTC and Samsung, and online companies like Google and eBay. With the announcement of Android, they were making a statement that was in total opposition of everyone else at the time.
So Android was announced. An open source mobile operating system that benefited literally everyone. Providing the Android code to anyone who wanted it made the OS an instant favorite for developers both corporate and freelance. It was a bold move and one that could’ve easily have backfired.
It did not backfire, though. Quite the opposite. According to Pocket-Lint, Android currently controls 75% of the world mobile market share.
Wait a second, wasn’t Android around before 2007?
Yes, it was. The company that originally made Android, called Android, Inc, was actually started in 2003. Google bought Android Inc in 2005 to gain control of Android. Two years later, it was announced and a year after that, the HTC Dream would be released.
So the concept of Android is quite a bit older. Everyone on Earth is, give or take, nine months older than they are right now. However, you don’t celebrate a birthday until you’re actually born. Before it’s announcement, Android was an incomplete project. Still in the womb, so to speak. On November 5, 2007, it came out to greet the world.
A whole bunch has happened in five years. It has gone from devices with 500MHz, single core processors to 1.5GHz quad core processors. The HTC Dream was released with 1.5 Cupcake and now we have 4.2 Jelly Bean. It’s been a long and amazing journey and here’s to another five years at least of success for the open source mobile OS. Does anyone remember their first Android experience?