A Short History of Google Android
Android has made quite the progression from small start-up to owning a significant chunk of the mobile marketshare. Here's a brief guide to the development of Android.
Google acquires Android, Inc.
Way back in 2005, Google bought Android, Inc., a teeny tiny startup company, based in Palo Alto, California. Some of the people who went over to work at Google were Rich Miner, the co-founder of Wildfire Communications, Andy Rubin, co-founder of Danger (a software services company), Chris White, and engineer at WebTV, and Nick Sears, the former VP of T-Mobile.
Rubin and his minions (I love calling them that. Sorry, guys.) began developing a Linux-based operating system for cell phones and other mobile devices. Their main marketing targets were handset makers and carriers. Their winning pitch? An easy operating system that was flexible and upgradeable at the same time.
In December 2006, rumors surfaced of Google's entry into the cell phone market, soon followed by rumors of a new handset, branded by Google.
Open Handset Alliance is formed
On the 5th of November in 2007, several companies, including Google, HTC, Motorola, Intel, Qualcomm, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and NVIDIA, came together to form the Open Handset Alliance. They stated their goal for developing open standards for mobile devices, and unveiled their new product: Android, a mobile device platform built on the Linux kernel.
Android goes open-source
Android has been available as open-source software since October 2008. Under the Apache License, private companies could add on their own applications and extensions and sell them, without having to submit them to the open-source community (darn).
So, now you know how this amazing piece of technology came together. Next, we'll talk about some phones that feature Google Android.