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Android History Lesson: Infographic


Android History Lesson: Infographic

Misspran October 10, 2013

The history of the Android can be traced back to October 2003 when Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White founded Android Inc. Android was Andy Rubin’s nickname, which came about because of his fascination with robots. Android originally was intended for digital cameras, but this shifted to smartphones when it became clear that digital cameras was not a big enough market. Unfortunately, Rubin ran out of money in 2003—but Steve Perlman, Silicon Valley inventor and entrepreneur, gave him $10,000 cash to continue his work.

An important moment in the history of Android would come in 2005 when it was bought out by Google, which wanted to begin its entry into the mobile market. “We acquired Android because of the talented engineers and great technology. We’re thrilled to have them here,” said a Google spokesperson. Several delicious Android OS updates have taken place over the years, including Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean. The Samsung Galaxy, an Android phone, has even threatened the iPhone’s dominance of the mobile market.

Today, Android phones hold over 75 percent of the market with 162 million units sold in the first quarter of 2013. What’s next for the Android? Another delicious update? To learn more, check out the infographic below!

History of Android
courtesy of StartApp


Vi Tran
Contributing Editor
Lover of all things marketing, tech, and startups related. Currently she's a writer at CircleClick and MobileFOMO. Previously, she worked at ApartmentList.com, Esurance, and 500 Startups.
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