Sometime last month, Google celebrated its 17th birthday as a company. Interestingly, today being November 5th, Google’s operating system for basically mobile, Android, is 8 years old.
The android operating system was first announced on the 5th of November, 2007 by the Open Handset Alliances which comprised of Google, Sony, HTC, Samsung, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Sprint and Texas instruments. Although the OS was first announced as at that time, it took about a year to have the first smartphone run the android OS and the first phone to grace the operating system was the T-Mobile G1 also known as HTC Dream.
The first commercial android OS to be released was in September 2008 (android 1.0) and as at that time, it wasn’t released under a code name and that applies to android 1.1 as well.
Next up, android 1.5 was released under the code-name, Cupcake. We had Donut which was Android 1.6 and then Eclair (2.0-2.1). Froyo (2.2-2.2.3), Gingerbread (2.3-2.3.7), Honeycomb (3.0-3.2.6), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0-4.0.4), Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3.1), KitKat (4.4-4.4.4), Lollipop (5.0-5.1.1) and the latest, Marshmallow (6.0).
All of these android versions were released with some new features coming to the limelight down to the latest with Now On Tap, Permissions and more optimized battery life amongst others.
We are eagerly looking forward to 2016 when the android N will be unveiled and we are impatient to seeing what features the Android N will bring to the limelight.
Happy Birthday Android and thanks for making devices more affordable and more smart to work with.