#throwbackthursday

Hey guys, a new fortnightly segment we are introducing is Throwback Thursday, you may have seen this on social media such as twitter, and we wanted to do something ourselves. The first in the segment is something that goes on the theme of the week, Android’s humble beginnings.

Android began in 2003, and was founded by four people, Andy Rubin, Rich Milner, Nick Sears and Chris White. However, it didn’t really get going until Google got involved and helped form the Open Handset Alliance, which has many different corporations involved in it. The intentions were to develop a “truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices”.

Even though Android began in 2003, it wasn’t until 2008 when the first device hit the market, what was known as the T-Mobile G1, made by HTC and also known as the HTC Dream. And since then, there have been many many devices released, and many iterations of the operating system released. Speaking of operating systems, many people ask why they were named after sweets, but to be honest, I don’t think there is a true answer out there. To give you a lowdown of what we have had so far, the list is as follows;

  • Cupcake – Android 1.5
  • Donut – Android 1.6
  • Eclair – Android 2.0/2.1
  • Froyo – Android 2.2
  • Gingerbread – Android 2.3
  • Honeycomb – Android 3.0 (Tablet devices only)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0
  • Jelly Bean – Android 4.1-4.3
  • KitKat – Android 4.4
  • Lollipop – Android 5.0/5.1
  • Marshmallow – Android 6.0
  • Nougat – Android 7.0/7.1
  • O – Android ?

Android is currently on over 2 billion active devices across the globe, as announced this week at Google I/O, which is a meteoric rise in just under a decade since the first handset release, and now Google has released devices such as Google Home, Android TV, DayDream VR and other devices & systems. It is going to be a great future in tech. But we’ll save the future in tech for Fridays ey ;-).

 

That’s it for this weeks #throwbackthursday let us know what you think of this and if there is anything you want us to look back on. You may even get mentioned.