6 things you probably don't know about Android

6 things you probably don't know about Android
Android made its public debut in September 2008 on the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream smartphone, thus being 6 years (and 1 month!) old now. Who would have thought, 6 years ago, that this would grow to become the world’s leading smartphone platform before the end of 2010? Not many, if anyone at all. And yet it did happen - thanks to Google’s influence and financial power.

Although Android is the most used mobile OS on the planet, there are plenty of things that most people don't know about it. Right now, we're not going to talk about hidden software features or anything like that. Instead, we'll take a look at some general facts that you probably weren't aware of. Check them out in the slideshow below:

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34 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I knew all of those except for the last about the origin of the logo. I also didn't know that the logo itself was open "source". So I guess all those T-shirts on eBay aren't counterfeit after all.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Same here. The fastest growing, well even tho some say WP because its said in articles.....IMO thats just a common sense one there. Anytime market share doesn't fall while still selling lots n lots of different phones....common sense. About being on lots of diverse devices....I just said the other day Android has a head start for convergence vs MS.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 6846; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Such propaganda from Microsoft. Considering the public was first introduced to WP at MWC back in February 2010. So this February will be 5 years and WP still has a tiny fraction of the smart phone market share.

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol...Exactly. So many ppl eat it up tho. Fastest growing at some specific metric does not equal fastest growing overall. Seeing how MS spins Xbox One sales...its not surprising. I used to give them the benefit of the doubt, but Xbox One sales talks convinced me.

2. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Android

14. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

One question : why did they choose the name android ??

19. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Andy Rubin's nickname.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The second one is the most interesting thing, android literally ate everyone! That symbian official statement is funny indeed.

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, nothing is permanent.

4. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Android is awesome~~~ very diverse and open.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The most important feature of Android is: trying to be like iOS without success.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What an iDiotic statement.

11. dimas

Posts: 3289; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Don't push him. Apple followers will always declare holy war with non-apple users. They consider most devices as heretics to their god phones.

15. gziegfrid

Posts: 33; Member since: May 20, 2014

Not all apple users. I'm an iPad user. But I am giving it to android. For me every time I hear the world Android it means Innovation.

17. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The non-apple users do not exist for us. They did not know till now what is a real phone and a real tablet.

24. jmonteiro829

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Morpheus: The Apple is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. cnour: What truth? Morpheus: That you are a slave, cnour. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

32. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LMFAO, well played Sir +1

10. dimas

Posts: 3289; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Applelogist detected. Android is not competing with Apple in terms of target market. Apple is too 'premium and 'exclusive' that it gives people the illusion that they're holding a special device while being ripped off.

13. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

BAHAHAHAHAHA! YOU GOT JOKES! You do realize that iOS has coppied more things from Android than Android has from iOS, RIGHT? Or are you just iBrainwashed that much?

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If you really think Android isnt having success.... You must work for Apple. Its ironic tho that Android was in the exact same boat as the iPhone....some, many underestimated it, they both grew in the same amount of time to be #1 in market share. Just give props where its due.

25. infinitykush

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

Actually iOS is becoming Android so in the end it's a huge success for Android.

6. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Never knew you had ti pay Apple to be a dev. It sucks to know they are all getting screwed over just help Apple

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Android, being open source, doesn't charge to be a developer since anyone can do it, but if you want your app/game to be in the Play Store, you do have to pay to play.

16. uktel3315

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

But you can develop and host your app in your own site for free. And you can download and install app from anywhere. The charge that you pay is to host your application in Play store.

28. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

and its only one time charge of $25 at that. Not bad.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I just found that out recently. Also shocked me to learn every iPhone can be used as a dev phone. Good on one hand that every phone is a dev phone, bad that the price is so high to dev for iOS..

30. makeitTim

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Developing an app costs way more than $99, and you should hope to be selling more than you spent. A minimum investment of $99 to start putting things on the app store is more than reasonable. The 30% on all sales is where Apple gets you.

9. dimas

Posts: 3289; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Now I'm wondering what happened to Samsung's Bada Touchscreen OS. "Anyone can use and modify the green Android robot to their heart’s will, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license." Even their logo represent their OS' freedom for customization.

18. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

The shear popularity in 6 years is a modern day success story. Android deserves the praise. In the beginning, I was reluctant to switch over to Android. It took me a year to decide. While the first couple years had me questioning my decision, the last two years have avenged my questions. Android has become the most comprehensive platform in the world and it is understandable why the world has chosen it. Congrats Google! John B.

23. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

If it's free to develop for Windows Phone I don't see what's stopping people from doing so? If you can pay $99 for iOS, surely you can spare some extra time and port it to WP8? Last I checked they also provide free tools and softwares to help devs.

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