Android's official birthday is November 5th 2007 with the announcement of development on the Android OS. Though this may be the beginning of Android's rise to the top, their story really begins ten years ago as the brainchild of Andy Rubin. Back in October 2003, android was originally an idea for a camera platform with third party apps. However focus was switched to the new world of smartphones when the digital camera market wasn't big enough.
Bought by Google in 2005 with the intention to gain more mobile traffic, Android steadily grew into what it is today. A year after the 2007 announcement, the T-Mobile G1 is launched as the first Android Smartphone. At this point, Apple still had the upperhand in the smartphone industry, but in 2009 with the Motorola Droid release, Android saw 525,000 units sold in the first month alone.
Huge OS updates were to follow, beginning in 2009 with Android 1.5 cupcake; supporting widgets and folder on the homescreens for the first time. More updates were rolled out regularly every few months, all with the same delicious snack theme. 1.6 Donut held higher resolution for touch screens and an improved camera interface. 2.0 Eclair debuted Google Maps Navigation to compete with standalone GPS devices. Shortly after Android 2.2 Froyo, Android overtook Apple iOS for market share in the United States for the first time thanks to the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC EVO 4G.
Today, Android phones hold 75% of the market with about 162 million units sold in the first quarter of 2013 alone. Android 4.4 Kit Kat is expected to roll out some time in October 2013 so keep an eye out. What are your expectations for the new update? Check out this infographic presented by Startapp and let us know in the comments!