With a plan to enter the smartphone market, Google started as small company named Android Inc. on 2005. After 3 years, the first Android smartphone went on sale.
Though it is widely recognized by many as a mobile operating system, Android is also used in a variety of hardware platforms such as game consoles, Smart TVs, notebooks, desktops and smartwatches. Google has announced that Android 6.0 will officially be referred as Marshmallow.
This blog has some Android factoids that you probably don’t know about.
1. Android Has Not Been Named Only After Sweets
The first release of Android was 1.5 Cupcake. After the success if this version, Google continued naming its operating system after the dessert treats. However, during Android’s early development times, the pre commercial software version carried the internal robot themed code names like ‘Bender’, ‘Astro Boy’ and ‘R2-D2’.
After the very first public release, Google decided that it would retain the dessert themed branding scheme. From then on, it started naming its mobile operating system after sweet foods in an alphabetical order. An early software update for Google’s Android carried snack inspired moniker which had been initially releases as an operating system for HTC Dream. The software update had a patch internally named ‘Petit Four’. Petit For was named after a French dessert.
2. Google Has Over 1 Billion Handsets Activated
Have you ever gone for a night out and noticed many people are using Android handsets? According to Sundar Pichai, there are over one billion Android activations. To aid put the figure in perspective, it is estimated that the world’s population is approximately at 3 billion people.
3. Android Has More Applications When Compared to Its Competitors
Android market went live in 2008. Few months after Apple’s App Store. Despite launching Android in a close proximity, Google’s digital storefront recently overtook the main competitors. Google Play Store now offers approximately 1.5 million apps.
4. Early Android Smartphone Design Looked Totally Different
HTC Dream is popular for its sliding AZERTY keyboard, however, the handset’s predecessors offered something totally different. The HTC EXCA 300 appeared to draw a lot of features and inspiration from the BlackBerry. The devices had a MAP 850 processor and a 64 MB of RAM. This handset paved way for some of the popular Android devices used by many today.
5. Who Designed the Android Logo?
Android mascot is an open source just like the platform’s software. This is why it is regularly restyled and dressed up so many time without any kind of backlash from Google. Google’s green robot was designed with a tin-can shaped body which takes cues from female and male icons found hanging in the restroom doors. The little green robot was created to be easily recognized and simple.
The little green robot was designed by Irinal Blok. When developing pictogram she studied sci-fi movies and toys regarding space for inspiration. The robot does not have an official name though it is referred as ‘Andy the Android.’