Google is a very interesting company, especially if you compare it to other companies at its level. The same goes for Android, there’s a lot most people still don’t know about Android, and here are some of the facts you had assumed incorrectly:
We have long associated Android with Google that we forget Android was just another acquisition by Google. Android Inc. was the company that invented the Android OS by founders Andy Rubin, Chris White, Nick Sears, and Rich Miner. It was acquired for $50 million in 2005 and the founders all joined Google. In 2015, 10 years later, Android is the world’s most prevalent smartphone OS with an 82.8% market share.
Many people are passionate about Android nowadays, but back in 2005, many critics felt that Google’s acquisition was pointless. Keep in mind that at the time Blackberry and Microsoft were all the rage, and Apple had just released the hugely successful iPhone. The $50 million funding for the Android project quickly wilted and the project was only revived by donations from some of the founders. I don’t have to remind you of how many people use Android now, do I?
We all know by now that Android versions are named after desserts, and in alphabetic order; if you didn’t, check out the history of android. The first Android versions, however, Android 1.0 and 1.1, didn’t get official dessert names. Version 1.0 was sometimes called “Alpha” or “Astro Boy” and version 1.1 known internally as “Petit Four”, a small French appetizer. We shall never truly know what the first two android versions were called and the naming system was fully adapted with Android 1.5, cupcake.
You probably didn’t know that Google offers smartphone manufacturers the Android OS free of charge. That’s right, Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and all the rest don’t pay for Android. Google is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) which grants users the right to access and modify the source code as they please. This has allowed developers to come in and improve on the OS, making it more robust.
So how does Google benefit from Android? Advertising. Google gets a lot of revenue from advertising through Android devices just as they do from Google search engine which is free to use as well.
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