THE SWEET HISTORY OF anDROID
Android Inc. founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner,Nick Sears and Chris White.
Google buy out Android Inc. to get a foot in the door,foreseeing the rise of smartphones.
Apple unveil the iPhone at the 2007 Macworld convention.It is released on June 29th 2007.
Google launches the open Handset Alliance,or OHA. It unveils Android as their first product on November 5th. This date becomes officially regarded as Android's "birthday".
Qualcomm and Texas Instruments create chipsets compatible with the Android OS.
The stable Android 1.0 is officially released.
The HTC Dream is released;it is the first Android smartphone.
Android begins the tradition of naming versions alphabetically after sweets.
Update of the Android marketplace
interface is overhauled to make it simpler and sleeker.
On-screen soft keyboard.
Android 1.6 'Donut'
New gesture framework with improved multitouch support.
Virtual on-screen keyboard.
Virtual onscreen keyboard.
Battery usage organized by app.
Android 2.0 'Eclair'
Quick Contact feature.
Boost to the stock camera software.
Improvements to keyboard.
HTML5 browser support.
Revamped graphics architecture.
Q2 2009 REPORT REPORT 2.8% Market Share
Android 2.2 'Froyo'
Multiple keyboard language
Voice dialling over Bluetooth
Portable Wi-Fi hotspot
Camera enhancement & simplified picture gallery
Supports higher quantities of RAM,which leads to an increase in power for Android phones.
Android 2.3 'Gingerbread'.
Streamlined user interface.
Better power management feature
May 2011 53% Market Share
Android 3.0 'Honeycomb'
Designed for tablet use only.
Redesigned keyboard with tab key,
Improved text selection,
It is the first version of Android to support multiple-core processors.
Android has 53% of the market,but only 39% of the profits from smartphone sales,compared to more than 50% for Apple.
October 5th 2011
Apple founder Steve Jobs dies after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.He is succeeded by Tim Cook.
Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich'
It converges the tablet and smartphone Android devices.
Resizable and refreshed widgets.
A more dynamic lock page.
Multiple customizable shortcuts.
Quick responses to calls.
Improved stock keyboard.
Better video editing software.
Android Beam NFC functionality.
Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'
"Project Butter" Software to make Android devices run more smoothly.
Google Now-a voice search function.
Better support for non-English speaking users.
larger & richer notifications.
Automatically resizing app widgets.
Simplified task navigation.
Apple release their flagship Apple iPhone 5.Around 30 million handsets are sold by 2013,easily beating the 17 million of the Samsung Galaxy S3,Android's most popular handset.
Q4 2012 REPORT 75% Global Smartphone market share
Three major new phone releases with Android softwares.
Sony Xperia Z
Samsung Galaxy S4
Apple stock takes a huge dive of more than 30% Stock prices teeter around $400-not much more than late 2011's rates.
What lies ahead?
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie
KEY ANDROID DEVICES
SAMSUNG GALAXY S
SAMSUNG GALAXY S2
HTC ONE X
SAMSUNG GALAXY S3
SONY XPERIA Z
SAMSUNG GALAXY S4