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The History of Android
presented by Startapp.com
Android Inc founded
by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White
Android was Andy Rubin's nickname because of his fascination with robots
"We thought it would be good if we could build a camera platform with third-party apps," - Andy Rubin
Originally intended for digital cameras
Focus shifted to smartphones after deciding that digital cameras were not a big enough market
Rubin ran out of money in 2003, but Steve Perlman, Silicon Valley inventor and entrepreneur, gave him $10,000 cash to continue his work
Android Inc bought by Google
Part of Google's effort to gain more mobile traffic
"We acquired Android because of the talented engineers and great technology. We're thrilled to have them here."-Google Spokesman
November 5, 2007
Google officially announces development of the android OS
becomes known as Android's official birthday.
Android Inc's operations largely remained a secret until this point
Android would be 100% free and open source, as opposed to the strictly regulated Apple iOS
The T-Mobile G1 Launches
The first Android smartphone, sold as HTC Dream outside the USA and parts of Europe.
Motorola Droid released
exclusive to Verizon, this was marketed as an iPhone alternative.
Slide-out keyboard touted as a key advantage over the iPhone.
Sold 525,000 units in the first month
Android 1.5 Cupcake
First major update to the Android OS Supported widgets and folders on the homescreen
Android 1.6 Donut
Improved Android market and universal search, with Native support for Sprint and Verizon
Supported higher resolution touch screens, with an improved camera interface
Android 2.0 Eclair
Improved the browser and added updates to Google Maps and UI
Debuted Google Maps Navigation to compete with GPS units like Tom-Tom and Garmin
Google Nexus One Launches
Very few units sold-only 80,000 in first month
Sold exclusively online
Poor customer support
Only available with 3G Connectivity through T-Mobile
Android 2.2 Froyo
Significantly faster due to the just-in-time compiler
supported adobe flash and data tethering
Android surpassed apple ios for market share in the USA
Largely due to the success of the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC EVO 4G
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Improved UI, Supported NFC
Near Field Communication enables devices to share data without making contact, similar to RFID.
It can be implemented to create digital credit cards or digital keys
Google Nexus S
more successful than Nexus One
sold over 401,000 units in its first quarter after release
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
developed specifically for tablets, but had little success
Greatly improved 3D rendering and hardware acceleration
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Refined version of Honeycomb
optimized its features for mobile devices.
Android overtook Blackberry in US market share in 2011
Galaxy S III launched
top selling smartphone behind iPhone
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Multiple user accounts
Quick-settings in the notification bar
Lock Screen Widgets
Sundar Pichai takes over leadership of Android at Google
Andy Rubin moves on to new projects at Google
Pichai also heads up Google Chrome and the Chrome OS
Today Android phones hold 75% of the market with 162 million units sold in the first quarter of 2013
What's next for Android?
Android 4.4 Kit Kat expected to release
Google stated their goal for Kit Kat is to make Android more enjoyable for everyone
Rumored to include updates for older devices including screen resizing, color changes and new notification widgets
Some have speculated about a desktop version of Android.