Google’s Android Turns 5

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Yesterday, 5th November 2012, marked Android’s 5th Birthday. Google acquired Android Inc. on 17 August 2005. Even before it was launched to the public, the Android OS saw a radical makeover from the original presentation by Andy Rubin to the Open Handset Alliance back in 2008. As it stands today, Android is the most popular smartphone OS in the world, which further cemented its top spot in Q3 of 2012 with 75% of all smartphone sales. The OS has also brought major OEMs back to the fore: Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and recently, LG with its Nexus 4.

The first Android smartphone that was launched in 2008 was the HTC Dream. It had a 3.2” display, 3.15MP rear camera, 192MB RAM and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The now popular dessert names only came into fruition in version 1.5 of the Android OS, codename Cupcake. The latest Google-powerd smartphone was announced just last week; the LG Nexus 4.

Android Turns 5 - HTC Dream

The biggest issue over the last 5 years, which still exists today, is the fragmentation. With only 3% of all Android smartphones upgraded to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it’s unlikely that we’ll see upgrades progress as well as iOS. Be that as it may, Android still offers great innovation in terms of its features and performances across numerous devices. Being an open-source project, the OS has been ported to a number of other platforms, such as TVs, the Raspberry Pi, and even a few Apple iPhones.

Here’s to another 5 years of Android…Happy 5th Birthday!

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