Today, Android holds 75% of the market with 162 million units sold in the first quarter of 2013 alone. Those are some pretty big numbers and this popularity didn’t just happen overnight. The story begins ten years ago with a simple platform idea. Founders Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White had originally intended Android to be a camera platform with third party apps. When they realized that the camera market wasn’t big enough, they switched to the new and fascinating world of smartphones.
November 2007 is considered the official birthday of Android because it was then that Google officially announced development on the Android OS. Largely kept a secret up until this point, Androids operating system would be free and open source, a direct opposition to Apple’s highly regulated iOS. A year later the first Android Smartphone is released, the T-Mobile G1, complete with sliding screen and keyboard. Though this 2008 phone may seem primitive now, it was the beginning of Android’s climb to the top.
Several phones followed, popularity and interest grew and Android had made a name for itself. Following this new found fame, the updates came, all named after delicious snacks. April 2009 saw Android 1.5 Cupcake in which the first major OS update supported widgets and folders on the homescreen. 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Eclair and 2.2 Froyo followed with more updates and by the end of 2010, Android had surpassed Apple iOS for market share in the US.
Updates kept coming and our love affair with Android only grew. The latest update is expected to release in October 2013; Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Rumors claim that we can expect updates for older devices such as screen resizing, color changes, and new notification widgets. What do you think about the upcoming update? Check out this infographic presented by Startapp and let us know in the comments.