Android is the most popular open source mobile operating system which was designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android has been the best-selling and most loved OS worldwide for smartphones since 2011. As of May 2017, it has reached over two billion monthly active users which is the largest installed base of any operating system. The Google Play store has featured over 3.5 million apps supported by the platform. 10 surprising facts about Android are enlisted below:

 1) Android wasn’t created by Google: 

One may be shocked to hear that days back were synonymous with each other but the reality is quite different. The name ‘Android’ came from the nickname of one of its founders named ‘Andy Rubin’. Android was established by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White in 2003. Numerous individuals view Android as one of Google’s best acquisitions. A decade after the procurement, Android has swelled to control 85% of the cell phone OS piece of the pie. 

2) Initial intention:

 Initially, Android was developed by Android Inc. as a platform for digital cameras. The main objective was to weave various applications into them. Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is the core Android source code. It is licensed under the Apache License. Eventually the focus shifted from digital cameras to smartphones. HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 was the first handset to support Android in 2008 in United Kingdom. It incorporated a slide-up The Android operating system has evolved a lot, with the current version 8.1 ‘Oreo’ that was released in the last month of 2017.

 3) ‘Sweet’ naming convention of Android: 

Android has followed a convention to name the versions after famous desserts with Android 1.0 and 1.1 being the exceptions. For instance, Android 2.3 was named after ‘Ginger bread’, Android 4.1 to 4.3 were named after ‘Jelly bean’ and 4.4.2 was called KitKat after the name of famous wafer chocolate – KitKat. At the early days, Android 1.0 was known as ‘Alpha’ or ‘Astro Boy’. Android 1.1 was initially known as ‘Petit Four’, which is a kind of French appetizer. 

4) Criticism faced by Android: 

Undoubtedly, each time a new technology finds its way in the market, it has to withstand a strong criticism from the critics. Android is almost all around commended these days, however some time ago faultfinders were significantly more incredulous. At the time of Android’s development the iPhone was crisp and Microsoft and Blackberry were driving the path in cell phones. The possibility of a web hunt and email organization making telephones didn’t appear pleasing to many critics. Just after the release of Android Microsoft’s Scott Horn, Android was underestimated saying that the impact of such technology is not evident. 

5) Android 3.0 Honeycomb was the only failure:

 The only Android version that came to be as a disappointment was 3.0 Honeycomb. It’s the only version to never run on the phone. It was launched by Motorola XOOM with a completely redesigned interface to be supported by tablets. Though many manufacturers were working on Android tablets, they were costly and required improvements. Google in the long run rejected Honeycomb and assembled future adaptations of Android to take a shot at all screen sizes. The virtual navigation buttons was the enduring feature of Honeycomb, which was continued in future Android versions.

 6) Multitasking feature: 

The  android core is based on Linux Kernel. This solid Kernel empowers the operating system to perform multiple tasks without hampering the user experience. There isn’t any need to stop the background applications. The framework is capable to work smoothly as Android automatically quits background applications that are not being used for quite a long time. This helps to increase the efficiency of the system in long run by reducing the chances of system getting hanged. 

7) Lollipop version was the first to run on various platforms:

 In the earlier versions of Android, many people argued that its User Interface (UI) resembled with that of the Blackberry. The invented device had a portrait keyboard with call and end buttons, track pad. Touchscreen was absent. It was later in 2015, with the inception of Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop versions that Android was supported by different types of devices. Android 5.0 was able to run on phones, tablets, and TVs etc. 

8) Android Wear: 

Android launches its versions in alphabetical order. Ericsson came up with Live View watch in 2010. Its unique feature allowed it to connect with Android phones to show Twitter and RSS feeds, SMS, and control the phone’s media player. In 2013, Sony launched the Smart Watch 2 with a large number of similar highlights. Google reported Android Wear, an exceptional adaptation of Android for smart watches in 2014. Soon, the market saw a surge in the number of Android smart watches in the market. Many other players like Samsung joined the race. 

9) Community’s support and trust:

 Android operating system happens to be the best smartphone framework until now. With One Billion+ gadget enactments, no adversaries have hit this check. In spite of the fact that Windows phone and iOS have attempted numerous contention strategies from “hackathons” to free development instruments for applications, nothing appears to be working up until this point. Android’s availability in 48 languages and simplicity of application improvement prompted the community to bend towards it. None other platform has received such a huge trust and support of the community. 

 10) Android Go: 

 Go is a lite version of android, developed by Google for relatively cheap and entry level Android smartphones having less than 1 GB of memory. This will allow the devices to perform various tasks more efficiently. Google has reduced the size of many apps like Youtube, Maps, Assistant, Files Go, Gmail, etc. Now it has become more convenient to track your lost phone and control. More customized applications will be developed and made available in the Google Play store in the coming months.

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