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History of Android: The Complete Timeline From Andy Rubin to Now

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Android is one of the most popular mobile operating systems in the world today. It has not only changed the technology landscape, but also the lives of people around the world. Android’s success story is what you would call a rags to riches story, something that most people can only dream of. However, behind every success story, there are countless hard work and sacrifices. And this attribute holds true for Google's Android as well.

Here is a complete timeline of the history of Android, from Andy Rubin to now.

Who is Andy Rubin?

Andy Rubin is the co-founder and former CEO of the company that created Android, Inc. This company was bought by Google in 2005. Rubin then became a Senior Vice President at Google.

How did Android start?

In 1996, Andy Rubin came up with the idea of a phone for the consumer market. At the time, he was working for an engineering company called General Magic. In his spare time, he started to develop a prototype.

In 1997, Andy Rubin founded Android, Inc. The company was founded by Andy Rubin and a group of investors who had seen his prototype and wanted to invest in it.

In 1998, Android, Inc. was going bankrupt and was bought by Google in 2005. Google then hired Andy Rubin to work with them on a project that would be a better phone.

What is Android today?

Android is Google's operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is an open-source platform meaning that manufacturers can add their own interfaces to the device while still using the Android operating system.

In 2007, Android 1.0 was released and it was an instant success with over 50k downloads.

In 2008, the

Android, Inc.

Founded on October 5, 2003, by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White, Android, Inc. was a software company that specialized in developing mobile platforms. The company's headquarters were in Palo Alto, California.

Originally, Android was an operating system for digital cameras. The company did not succeed in this venture because of the arrival of Apple's iPhoto software. However, Android did not give up on its vision of bringing operating systems to mobile devices.

In 2005, Google purchased Android for an undisclosed amount of money. At that time, Andy Rubin was appointed the Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google.

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In the next few years, Android was developed for different types of devices like smartphones and tablets.

Android is now the number one mobile operating system in the world with over 2 billion active users.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) was the first major overhaul of Android's visual design. It introduced a new user interface called Holo, which included flat user interface elements and a new typeface. ICS also introduced a new system for managing the device's home screens, which could now be populated with multiple home screens and a customizable application tray, a design that would remain with the platform for the next four years.

In addition to these changes, ICS added a number of new features, including a new camera app with zero shutter lag, and an improved browser with tab-based browsing and offline reading modes, and a number of new Google Mobile Services features, such as Google+, Google Maps Navigation, and Google Earth.

Android 5.0 Lollipop (LOL)

Google's Android Operating System has come a long way, and the latest update, Lollipop, is no exception. Lollipop is the first version of Android with a new look and feels, incorporating material design, as well as allowing for better battery life. Lollipop is free to download, but it needs a newer phone to support it. Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first time Google has changed the Android operating system's looks.

The previous version of Android was Kitikat, which was designed for tablets. KitKat had a lot of changes that made it more tablet-friendly. However, Kitikat also had some problems that Lollipop fixed. Lollipop is designed to be easy to use with one hand, even if you're on the go. It also has a Recent Apps feature that allows you to swipe left or right to switch between your apps.

Lollipop has already been installed on more than 10% of Android devices in just two weeks, according to Google's developer release tracker. Google's Android operating system has come a long way, and it's likely that Lollipop will just keep getting better.

Android 7.0 Nougat (NOUGAT)

Android 7.0 Nougat is the ninth major release of the Android mobile operating system. First announced on March 9, 2016, at Google I/O 2016, it was released on August 22, 2016, together with its official logo, during the opening keynote.

Nougat introduces several features including multi-window support, improved notifications, support for inline replies, and Vulkan. It also introduces support for both virtual reality and augmented reality.

Nougat is the first version of Android to recommend the use of Google Play Protect, a virus scanning system introduced alongside Nougat



What's next for Android?

With the recent release of the Pixel 2, many are wondering what's next for Android. With other companies like Apple announcing updates to their iOS, there is speculation that Google will do the same for Android.

However, the newest version of Android, Oreo, is just out. It's too soon to tell if Google will release a new iteration of Android. What's next for Android, only time will tell.

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