120 Shocking 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.

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Here are The All Names of the 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
Nougat Android 7.0 – 7.1
Oreo Android 8.0 – 8.1
Pie Android 9.0
Android 10
Android 11

120 Shocking Facts About Android

  • Android’s creator is Andy Rubin.
  • Over 1.4 billion people are now using Android 
  • Android versions are named in Alphabetical order 
  • Google did not create Android, they bought the company in 2005
  • Android was originally created as an operating system for digital cameras 
  • It is based on the open-source operating system Linux 
  • It controls 88% of the world's smartphone market 
  • The first Android prototype looked a lot like a Blackberry 
  • Microsoft makes an astounding $2 billion a year from Android in the form of patent royalties 
  • The word ‘Android’ means a human with a male robot appearance.
  • Android’s app store “Google Play” has over 48 billion app installs.
  • Android has branched out to other devices like Google Glass and Watches.
  • In California in 2003, Andy Rubin, Nick Sears and Chris White founded Android Inc.
  • The very first Android phone from 2008 had no headphone jack and required an adapter 
  • In 2010, Anssi Vanjoki, CEO of Nokia, said that using Android is like a Finnish boy peeing his pants to stay warm 
  • Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road 
  • Android Logging System has a method called wtf() which stands for “What a Terrible Failure” 
  • Android devices sell more than Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Mac OS X devices combined 
  • In each Android version, an Easter egg can be revealed by continuously clicking the version number in the “About” screen.
  • In late 2008, many critics thought Android would fail miserably
  • Android is actually open-source which means that individuals have the option to modify source code of the OS and manufacturers can add features.
  • In 2010 Sony Ericsson’s LiveView watch was released, the device linked to Android phones to show and control things like the Twitter feeds, texts and media player.
  • Phandroid is a website dedicated to anything Android including news, reviews and forums. They were the first dedicated Android website and their first post came the same day as Google officially announced Android in 2007.
  • Andy Rubin, Android’s Co-creator, was responsible for the name choice. Whilst at Apple, Andy was given the name for his love of robots.
  • Android apps have more distribution opportunities than on any other mobile platform. In addition to the Play Store, there are dozens of other app stores on Android, such as GetJar, Yandex, LG’s Smart World, and Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store.
  • While users on other platforms can’t download alternative app stores without “jailbreaking” their phones, Google doesn’t restrict other stores from Android—making it the only major mobile OS to enable multiple app stores.
  • Android users can completely customize their home screens with launchers and widgets, and reskin their devices. Even pre-installed apps can be removed from the home screen or disabled entirely.
  • Device makers and mobile operators often preload other app stores onto their phones in addition to Google Play, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store or Xiaomi’s MiMarket.
  • Because third-party app stores don’t always adhere to the strict Google Play Store security checks for apps, Google Play doesn’t allow other app stores to be downloaded directly through the Play Store. Learn more
  • Most major Android device makers choose to customize the look and feel of their phones as a way of differentiating their devices.
  • Google doesn’t require manufacturers to sign an anti-fragmentation requirement. This is an entirely voluntary step taken by device makers to prevent incompatibility—a problem that drives up development costs and harms the user experiences.
  • The Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) is the core software stack behind the Android OS and consists of the operating system, middleware, and open-source apps like a phone dialer, email, and messaging. Mobile operators, device makers, and developers can use this to build devices and apps.
  • In 2010, Anssi Vanjoki, CEO of Nokia, made a hilarious comment on Android. He said the use of Android is like a Finnish boy peeing his pants to stay warm.
  • Android’s Google Store has more than 48 billion apps installed in it, and most of them are free of cost.
  • NASA once used Nexus S handsets (device based on Android Gingerbread), in their floating space Robots.
  • The sale of Android devices is more than the combined sale of Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Mac OS devices.
  • Microsoft earns around $2 billion yearly in patent royalties, from the sale of Android devices. 
  • NASA even uses Android. They sent 2 Nexus S handsets running Android Gingerbread into space to test their sensors in orbit aboard the International Space Station.
  • Android is available in around 46 languages, this also means apps can be produced in different languages to cover a wider audience.
  • At CES 2011 Android 3.0 Honeycomb was debuted on the Motorola XOOM. It was completely redesigned for tablets and never ran on smartphones. Honeycomb was a huge failure.
  • Android’s significance in the mobile market was perfectly realized in 2009 when Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, was forced to resign from Apple’s board of directors due to a conflict of interest and his inability to be involved in Apple’s developments and future plans.
  • In 2004, the Android OS was developed with the backing of Google by Android Inc. In 2005, Google paid $50 million for the OS.
  • Originally the Android OS wasn’t designed for the smartphone market; it was actually developed as a digital camera platform.
  • All Android versions, with the exception of Android 1.0 & 1.1, are named after confectionary and desserts i.e. Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat.
  • In November 2007, Google launched the Linux-based software system; Android OS.
  • The first smartphone running Android was released in 2008, the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 depending on your country, it had a sliding keyboard.
  • Android has over a billion activations on devices including tablets and of course smartphones.
  • Android releases are alphabetical; Astro, Bender, Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollypop and Marshmallow.
  • Irina Blok designed the logo in 2007, the general idea came from the man on toilet doors.
  • In 2015, Android’s OS was on 81.61% of all Smartphones sold.
  • In 2015 there were around 98.5 million Android smartphone users in the US and in 2016 there are 107.7 million.
  • There is an average of 42.38 million unique users a month who use the Android Facebook app.
  • As all Android users know, most apps are usually free but the average price seems to be just $0.06.
  • Android’s logo isn’t actually called Android, Google unofficially call him Bugdroid.
  • Android Inc. developed Android operating system and Google bought it in 2005, with a huge amount of $50 million.
  • Prior to Google, an offer was given to Samsung to buy Android Inc. but they find Android uninteresting and reject the offer.
  • Initially, Android was developed as an operating system for digital cameras but later on, it focuses on Smart Phones.
  • Android is written in many languages like Java, C, C++, XML, Assembly language, Python, Shell script, Go, Make, D.
  • HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 was the first smartphone that runs on Android operating system.
  • HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 was launched in 2008 with no headphone jack and required an adapter. 
  • Android captures 88% of total smart phone market whereas IOS captures 11% market share.
  • Currently, more than 2 billion smart devices use Google Android OS as their operating system.
  • The word Android refers to a male robot, whereas a female robot is known as “Gynoid“.
  • Android is an open source software, which means its source code is freely available. Anyone can modify the source code and add new & unique features.
  • All Android versions are named in alphabetical order, along with the name of sweet deserts associated with that alphabet like Cupcake, Donut etc.
  • The Logging System of Android has a method named as “wtf()” which stands for “What a Terrible Failure”.
  • Even Google Maps uses the speed of Android Mobiles to calculate the traffic on roads.
  • Google had to made a deal with Nestle in order to use the name “Kit-Kat” for Android version 4.4.
  • By being an open-source platform, Android’s source code is available for anyone to view, download, modify, enhance, and redistribute without requiring any sort of fees, royalties, or other costs. This is the opposite of closed source/proprietary software which never makes its source code public and strictly prohibits any modification.
  • Each new update to the Android operating system is a free, fully-functional, open-source mobile operating system that manufacturers can use to build devices.
  • Google has released 24 versions of the Android operating system since 2008 and continues to make substantial investments to develop, grow, and improve the OS.
  • No one is ever required to pre-install Google’s suite of proprietary apps to access, use, or distribute the Android operating system. For example, the Amazon Fire tablet runs on an operating system that was built using Android, yet ships with no Google apps pre-installed.
  • Microsoft has partnered with 74 Android manufacturers based in 25 countries to preload its popular productivity apps and services on many Android tablets and phones including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z4, and the LG G Pad 2.
  • Even if a phone has Google’s suite of proprietary apps pre-installed, device makers and mobile operators often choose to pre-install similar apps on a device-by-device basis—such as email, messaging, browsers, and media players.
  • Among 2016 flagship phones in the UK, Germany, and France, only 29% of pre-installed apps are from Google. The remaining 71% are from device makers, mobile operators, and other companies, like Facebook.
  • A pre-installed app doesn’t prevent similar or competing apps from being more successful. Hangouts is part of Google’s suite of proprietary apps, yet WhatsApp, another messaging service, has over one billion users (¾ of which are on Android) and Facebook Messenger has one billion active monthly users.
  • 90% of Android apps on Google Play use Android’s “intents” system, which allows developers to designate other apps to perform certain actions. This lets Android users set any app they want as the default for tasks like search or web browsing including UC Browser, Opera, or Chrome.
  • If device makers want to preinstall Google apps, they must install the full Google Mobile Services (GMS) suite, as they were designed to work together to provide a baseline functionality for users—like the ability to save a photo from Gmail to Photos or open a Gmail attachment in Drive.
  • Android makes a device compatibility test widely available to help device makers ensure that Android apps will work properly on their devices. Manufacturers who sign Google’s voluntary compatibility agreements are still free to choose which apps and app stores to pre-load onto their devices, whether their own or those of a third-party.
  • Even with Google apps pre-installed on certain Android devices, many third-party apps thrive on Android. For example, in high-growth markets like India, 98% of people surveyed use Facebook’s WhatsApp at least once a month for messaging, while only 32% use Google Hangouts.
  • Samsung had the opportunity to buy Android in late 2004 but passed the opportunity because they did not see any potential in it 
  • In 2007, when Android was unveiled, Nokia made a statement “we don’t see this as a threat” 
  • The word Android refers only to a male robot, whereas a female robot is called “Gynoid” 
  • Google has statues outside its HQ for each version of the Android OS 
  • Apart from Android 1.0 and 1.1, all other Android versions have been named after sweet treats or desserts.

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