Android Facts

Android Facts
Android is an operating system designed for use in mobile devices. Originally the Android operating system was created for use in digital cameras. It was further developed by Android Inc. and Google primarily for use with smartphones and tablets with a touchscreen. To use Android the user touches a screen via swiping, pinching, tapping, and can create words with the virtual keyboard. Android was released in 2008, and is available in more than 100 languages today. Although it was developed for smartphones and tablets it is also used in Android TVs, Android Auto, and Android Wear today. As of May, 2017 there were more than 2 billion users of the operating system. Android Inc. was founded by Chris White, Nick Sears, Rich Miner, and Andy Rubin in 2003, in Palo Alto, California.
Interesting Android Facts:
The meaning of the word Android is a human being with the appearance of a male robot.
Andy Rubin, one of Android Inc.'s founders, was given the nickname Android when he worked at Apple.
Many believe that Google created the Android operating system. It was backed by Google in 2004 through Android Inc.
Android is a Linux based operating software system.
Google bought the operating system Android from Android Inc. in 2005 for $50 million.
Almost all Android operating systems are named after desserts or candy, such as Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Ice Cream Sandwich.
Android operating systems are released alphabetically. They began with Astro, Bender, Cupcake, and Donut.
The Android operating system is classified as open source. This means that it is legal to modify Android source code and add new features.
Android has an app store called Google Play that has recorded more than 48 billion installations of apps.
The Android operating system was used in more than 81% of the smartphones sold in 2015.
In the United States in 2016 there were more than 107 million Android smartphone users across the country.
Approximately $2 billion a year is paid to Microsoft from Android for patent royalties.
Worldwide it is estimated that more than 1.4 billion people use the Android operating system.
In 2004 Samsung was given the option to purchase Android but they didn't see the operating system having any real potential.
There are statues at Google for each of the Android operating systems, such as Honeycomb and Jelly Bean.
The speed of Android phones moving on the road is what Google uses to calculate the traffic on Google Maps.
More Android devices are sold than all Mac, iOS, and Microsoft devices combined.
Many critics of the Android operating system in 2008 predicted that it was going to fail.
There are floating space robots that carry handsets that use the Android Gingerbread operating system.
Android is being used in devices such as watches and Google Glass.
The open source community for Android source code is called Android Open Source Project or AOSP. Often new features and updates are created this way and can make improvements to the quality of devices being manufactured to use Android.

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