May 16, 2022
20 Interesting facts about android
About 70 percent of Android smartphones run Google's ecosystem; some with vendor-customized user interface and software suites,

Today I’m going to tell you 20 interesting facts about android.
Android is a mobile operating system based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open-source software,

designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Android is developed by a consortium of developers known as the Open Handset Alliance and commercially sponsored by Google.

It was unveiled in November 2007, with the first commercial Android device, the HTC Dream, being launched in September 2008. ( source )

About 70 percent of Android smartphones run Google’s ecosystem; some with vendor-customized user interface and software suites,

such as TouchWiz and later One UI by Samsung, and HTC Sense. Competing Android ecosystems and forks include Fire OS (developed by Amazon) or LineageOS.

Infact , the “Android” name and logo are trademarks of Google

which impose standards to restrict “uncertified” devices outside their ecosystem to use Android branding. ( source )

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1-5 Interesting facts about Android

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  1. Android Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California, in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. – Source
  2. Rubin described the Android project as having “tremendous potential in developing smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner’s location and preferences”.- Source
  3. Rubin had difficulty attracting investors early on, and Android was facing eviction from its office space. – Source
  4. In 2005, Rubin tried to negotiate deals with Samsung and HTC. afterwards, Google acquired the company in July of that year for at least $50 million. – Source
  5. Microsoft makes an astounding $2 billion a year from Android in the form of patent royalties- Source

6-10 Interesting facts about Android

6. As of May 2021, it has over three billion monthly active users,

the largest installed base of any operating system, and as of January 2021. – Source

7. The first commercially available smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream,

further known as T-Mobile G1, announced on September 23, 2008.- Source

8. It controls 88% of the world smartphone market – Source

9. Android versions are named in Alphabetical order

Below are the names of various Android versions:

Cupcake – Android 1.5
Donut – Android 1.6
Eclair – Android 2.0
Froyo – Android 2.2
Gingerbread – Android 2.3
Honeycomb – Android 3.0
Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0
Jelly Bean – Android 4.1 – 4.3.1
KitKat – Android 4.4 – 4.4.4
Lollipop – Android 5.0 – 5.1.1
Marshmallow – Android 6.0 – 6.0.1

10. On Android 4.4 Kit Kat, shared writing access to MicroSD memory cards

has been locked for user-installed applications, to which only

the dedicated directories with respective package names, located inside Android/data/, remained writeable – Source

11-15 Interesting facts about Android

20 interesting facts about android

11. On August 22, 2019, it was announced that Android “Q” would officially be branded

as Android 10, ending the historic practice of naming major versions after desserts. – Source

12. Android’s default user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation,

using touch inputs that loosely correspond to real-world actions,

like swiping, tapping, pinching, and reverse pinching to manipulate

on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard. – Source

13. Finally in Android 6 Marshmallow, a minimalistic file manager codenamed

DocumentsUI is part of the operating system’s core and is based on the file selector.

It is only accessible through the storage menu in the system settings. – Source

14. In October 2020, Google removed several Android applications from Play Store,

as they were identified breaching its data collection rules.

The firm was informed by International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC)

that apps for children like Number Coloring,

Princess Salon, and Cats & Cosplay, with collective downloads of 20 million,

were violating Google’s policies. – Source

15. Some settings for use by developers for debugging and power users

are located in a “Developer options” sub-menu, such as the ability

to highlight updating parts of the display. – Source

16-20 Interesting facts about Android

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16. Android is developed by Google until the latest changes and updates are ready to be released,

at which point the source code is made available to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP),

an open-source initiative led by Google – Source

17. .In May 2017, with the announcement of Android 8.0, Google introduced Project Treble,

a major re-architect of the Android OS framework designed to make it easier, faster,

and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to newer versions of Android. – Source

18. Android is the most used operating system on phones in virtually all countries,

with some countries, such as India, having over 96% market share. On tablets,

usage is more even, as iOS is a bit more popular globally.- Source

19. As of August 2020, the Google Play store had over 3 million Android applications published,

and as of May 2016, apps had been downloaded more than 65 billion times.- Source

20. Despite its success on smartphones, initially Android tablet adoption was slow,

then later caught up with the iPad, in most countries. – Source

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