Happy Fourth Birthday, Android
was delayed but eventually enhanced the functionality of the phone. As we're often fond of saying, it was the release of Android 2.0 that really started the Android phenomena. That build of the open source OS was originally found on the Motorola DROID which was the first smartphone that could compete with the Apple iPhone.
We are now up to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Android phones controlled 68% of the global smartphone market in the second quarter of the year, according to IDC. One model, the Samsung Galaxy S III sold more than 20 million units in 100 days. Four years ago today, that would be all in the future. Ironically, back in 2010 when Symbian was the top Global smartphone OS, IDC predicted that Android could be on 68 million smartphones by 2013, good enough for second place to Symbian. The latest figures show 480 million Android handsets in use with 1.3 million Android devices getting activated daily.
Happy Birthday, Android!
source: AndroidDeveloperBlog (from 9/23/08), YouTube, RegHardware via Engadget