In past few years, we have witnessed unprecedented growth of Android as a successful OS for smartphones and tablets and it has come a long way since it was first launched — almost to a point where it has nearly kicked other mobile OS like Windows Mobile and Blackberry out of their own turf and is locking horns with Apple’s own iOS to a fair fight. Today there are more than one billion users who use Android on their smartphones and tablets but did you know that Android was NOT Google’s idea, originally? That, Android is Open-Source and today it is used on Google Glass, Watches and even Android Powered Cars! Did you know that there is an Android Smartphone (Nexus S) that is currently in the Space and that NASA sent it as part of an experiment?
Interestingly, a lot of Android users who say that it is their favorite mobile OS are actually unaware of many of the hidden facts about Android. In this article, we’ll present some similar interesting yet little known facts about Google‘s Android operating system that you may not have known.
Android was NOT Google’s Brain Child
As surprising it may sound today, but the Android OS was originally developed by the company Android Inc. which was instituted in October 2003. Seeing its huge potential, Google bought Android in August 2005 at a whooping price of $50 million.
Andy Rubin’s Obsession and Love for Robots gave Birth to Android
When he as working for Apple, team mates and co-workers used to call Andy Rubin as “Android”, due to his obsession and love for robots. Andy later became the co-creator of Android, the mobile OS when he started working at Android Inc.
Android was Originally Meant for Digital Cameras
The creators of Android had planned to develop the operating system to be used for modern day digital cameras. But later, they changed their focus and aimed to make it the OS for mobile and tablet platforms as the potentials were much more higher.
Microsoft Thought Android Would FAIL, Miserably
When Android was first launched, Microsoft’s Scott Horn, who was head of the Windows mobile marketing team back then underestimated Android by commenting, “I don’t understand the impact they are going to have”. But as it turns out, today Android has easily surpassed almost all other leading mobile OS platforms and Microsoft’s own Mobile OS is trying hard to catch up.
And It Almost Did; Android Was About to Shut Down
Very soon after the company, Android Inc. was founded it quickly ran out of all the funds and it became very difficult for the co-creators and founders to keep it running and carry out day-to-day business operations. At that time, Steve Perlman, the technology legend had saved Android by infusing the much needed fund to keep it floating.
Android Versions are Named Alphabetically
Since its inception, every release of Android has been following an alphabetical order in the way its versions are named. They are Android Astro (1.0), Bender (1.1), Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2.x), Gingerbread (2.3.x), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x), Jelly Bean (4.x)) and KitKat (4.4). It is widely believed that Google is considering Lollypop as the next Android 4.5 version’s name.
Except First 2 Versions, All Android Versions are Named after Sweet Treats
Except the versions Android 1.0 and 1.1, all other Android versions were named after sweet treats like Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and Kitkat. If rumors are of any indications then Google is going to call the upcoming next version of Android as Lollypop!
Android means “Humanoid Robot”
For those who might be wondering what the word “Android” means, it means human with a robot appearance (a male robot). On the other hand, a female looking robot is called “Gynoid“.
Android Logo is Called “BugDroid”
But, don’t let the above definitions fool you. The logo (mascot) that you see on Android OS is actually not called Android. Google developers call the logo as “BugDroid“!
It took 4 Years for First Android Phone to be Released
It had taken 4 long years for the first ever smartphone to be launched that was run on Android operating system. HTC Dream (T_Mobile G1) became the first ever smartphone to be powered by Android OS and it was released in the year 2008.