Android trivia: 10 questions to test how well you know Google's mobile operating system

Did you know that Android is the world's most popular mobile operating system? And its market share has kept on growing, reaching an astronomical more than 80% in the past couple of quarters, leaving Apple with a meager share of just around 12% of the total smartphone and all other competing platforms like Windows Phone with just tiny percentages.

Some would say Android's popularity is because how open it is and how much choice it gives to users in all price points, but with so many users out there, you might be asking yourself: do I know Android well? There is one way to get an answer: test your knowledge with the PhoneArena Android trivia!

We're starting you off with 10 questions of varying difficulty: some would be easy to long-time Android followers, while others might prompt you to search our website and Google for the answer. In the past few months we've been digging for interesting bits and pieces of information about Google's mobile operating system, and our loyal readers will be able to find the answer to some questions in some of our recent articles.

So with no further ado, let's get going with the questions (you can find the answers with a little backstory right after each question):

1. Before selling out to Google, Android co-founder Andy Rubin tried to sell the operating system to ... ?

Correct answer: Samsung.

The backstory: The Android team, consisting of eight people back then, having flown out all the way to Seoul, Korea, has gotten a first meeting with one of the largest phone makers of the time, Samsung. Encircled by 20 Samsung executives, Rubin pitches the Android idea relentlessly, but instead of enthusiasm and questions, the only response he gets is dead silence. Then, Samsung’s team of high-ranked executives voices what seemed obvious then: “‘You and what army are going to go and create this? You have six people. Are you high?’ is basically what they said. They laughed me out of the boardroom. This happened two weeks before Google acquired us,” Rubin later recollects.

2. How much did Google pay to acquire Android?

Correct answer: $50 million

The backstory: In early 2005, Larry Page would agree to meet with Andy Rubin, and after hearing about his work on Android, he not just helps get the money the cash-starved Android OS project needs - he decides that Google will acquire Android. The feeling that the mobile industry has had to change has already been irking Google's cofounders, and in Mountain View Larry Page and Sergey Brin had been looking for that change for a while, particularly concerned that it might be the then big giant Microsoft that will get there first. Luckily, Rubin came in at the right time. Google bought Android for around $50 million and incentives at the time, and by the middle of 2005 the whole 8-person Android team was transferred in Mountain View.

3. Andy Rubin, the father of Android, has keen interest in an area different than operating systems. Which one is it?

Correct answer: Robots

The backstory: Not tiny green mascots, mind you, but the industrial and time-saving kind that frees humans from the shackles of repetitive motions or delivery logistics, and can automate no-brainer tasks like the sensors that start your windshield wipers when rain pours down.

4. The first fully 64-bit-compatible version of Android is ... ?

Correct answer: Android 5.0 Lollipop

The backstory: In order to have a fully 64-bit platform, Google had to introduce a new runtime. This happens to be now known as ART (the Android Runtime), and while it is available as an option in Android 4.4 KitKat, it replaces the dated Dalvik fully only in Android version 5.0 Lollipop.

5. The first mass-market Android smartphone was ... ?

Correct answer: T-Mobile G1

The backstory: Google was the quickest to see the huge novelty of Apple's iPhone announcement, and it is said to have thrown in considerable effort to launch Android soon after Apple's release. Google picked T-Mobile as its carrier of choice, and the HTC Dream, aka T-Mobile G1, was the first Android handset to get into people's hands.

6. Support for custom keyboards like SwiftKey was enabled in Android version ... ?

Correct answer: Android 1.5 Cupcake

The backstory: Google launched the first Android phone, the HTC Dream, with a physical, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and did not support any virtual keyboards at first. Soon, the company overcame its fear that virtual keyboards are not good enough, and added its own with support for alternative, third-party keyboards in Android 1.5 Cupcake.

7. One of the main reasons why Android devices require more RAM memory is ... ?

Correct answer: Java's garbage collector

The backstory: Along with the use of Java comes a process called garbage collection. Once an Android user closes an app, the garbage collection process recycles the memory. The problem is that the garbage collectors require four to eight times the memory that it is using in order for the job to be done quickly. If the required amount of memory is not available, things slow down. Because iOS does not use these garbage collectors, Apple can get away with putting 1GB of RAM in the iPhone, and match or surpass the performance of Android phones.

8. Support for live wallpapers was enabled in Android version ... ?

Correct answer: Android 2.1 Eclair

The backstory: One of the biggest new features of the Android 2.1 release was live wallpapers. This neat customization option was a hallmark feature back then, but it did feel experimental and many of the first third-party live wallpapers had a negative effect on performance of hertz-deprived devices of the time. Still, it evolved nicely, and in fact, live wallpapers, remain a customization option that is not fully supported up to this day by any other operating system.

9. The first Android tablet was the ... ?

Correct answer: Samsung Galaxy Tab

The backstory: After Apple's release of the iPad in early 2010, the phone makers that have embraced Android found themselves in a rush: they had to find a response. The first massively sold Android tablet, however, only arrived in late 2010, and was nothing like the large, 9.7-inch iPad. It was the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it featured a pocket size and a 7-inch screen.

10. Many say Android has ‘true’ multitasking in contrast to other mobile platforms, but in which version was multitasking actually enabled?

Correct answer: Android 1.0

The backstory: Multitasking was built in the very roots of Android, and it worked on even earlier versions before the public release, like the first 'Milestone' releases. However, if we're looking at the public releases only, Android 1.0 would be the one where the feature made its true debut to the public.



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I've said it before and I'll say it again.

43. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I know parts of it but I'll just Google the answers.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can I just get my dunce cap instead of taking a pop quiz?

3. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

All I know is that the most succesfoul smartphones and tablets in history all run IOS. I also know that Apple is making more money than all the rest of the phone manufactors combined.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

STFU already, troll.

6. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Yup! Really sick of them!

18. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

He wins when you respond. You = Clueless. I'm giving him a thumbs up for successfully trolling you.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be mad at the truth

7. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

All I know is that Android is the most successful smartphone OS in history by a huge margin. And, while we're counting, Windows is the most successful PC OS in history by an even bigger margin. iOS is becoming a niche product like OSX already is.

20. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yeah OS X is a niche product. Where I don't get viruses. Ever. Looking at as much porn and torrents as I want. Niche or better for 99% of users like me?

23. wilsong17 unregistered

Then why do they have anti virus on best buy for mac

47. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Why buy a case for your phone? Best buy will try and sell whatever they want. It doesnt mean you need it. Im on my third MacBook Pro and never any viruses.

26. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

if you dont get any virus , does not mean that other people dont get it too, if you want a better security than Windows and Mac OS X , try Linux but we are off topic here, so lets stop our crap comments

30. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

I watch porn on my W8 PC and i dont get any virus. Dont even have Antivirus. Does that mean others wont? Stupid. And when u say users like you, does that mean stupid like you?

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hackers go after the most widely available platforms for ease of hacking. OSX has less viruses because so few use it. However, its not virus free. Dont think that's some crazy apple magic keeping viruses at bay, its because its a niche product that very few people and even less businesses use compared to windows. If OSX actually ever takes real market share, the viruses will go through the roof.

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

If you want to make a successful point, you should spell successful successfully.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Before iOS there was Symbian and PalmOS. I heard they were successful in their times.

25. Clement97

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

Precisely !!

28. nvrhde

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Hay, Don't wast your time trolling,take a language class instead.

36. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

1000 internets to you. Well done.

49. pitzy

Posts: 42; Member since: May 15, 2014

All giants come to an end! See NOKIA who was the king and Symbian.. Same will happen to Apple and IOS. Apple was nothing till the iphone, the company survived thanks to microsoft who loaned them some money. It's Microsoft the reason Apple still exists. Whom you don't let to die, it doesn't let you live!!!

51. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Still playing like a 5 yo kid: "mine is bigger, I have more than you!". Grow up kid! I see you know the alphabet and you can write now.

5. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Android is the most successful OS in my eyes iOS is just a sh*t maybe that is my only opinion, but that is and will be my opinion of iPhone will never get an iPhone and also will never get a Samsung device also

8. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

"Android is the most successful OS in my eyes" That's a fact "iOS is just a sh*t" Just don't buy an iOS powered device easy! "will never get an iPhone" Like Apple will be affected! "and also will never get a Samsung device also" Who cares?! Just wanna point out your ignorance.

9. Ducfranz

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

If no one cares then why the fuqk did you comment. It's the Internet, it's a phone forum. Let the man live a free life and state his opinion without antagonizing him.

39. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

cause he's big and a master.

12. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

These are my answers(more like guesses), IM NO PHONE GEEK ALSO 1.Samsung 2.50,000,000 3.Robots 4.Jelly bean 5.S one 6.Gingerbread 7.Graphics 8.Gingerbread 9.HTC, Moto or Samsung (couldn't decide) 10.Jellybean Again, I'm no phone geek and these are truly guesses

14. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Not trying to be mean or anything but I think you got almost all of these wrong

17. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

37. AndroidiOsWindows

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

My guesses: 1. LG 2. 50 Million 3.Google Glass 4. Lollipop 5. HTC G1 6. 2.0 7. Javas garbage collector 8. 2.0 9. HTC Flyer 10. Android 4.0 Now, I some of them I know for sure, but many I completely guessed. But I can tell that you @CommentBoxEnforcer have some answers wrong.

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