Whenever we think of Android, most of us would assume that it was a brain child of Google; but that is not true! Believe us, the story is here.
Android OS was a thought process of the founders – Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White, as a OS for digital cameras, in 2003 they formed a company called Android Inc. And very soon they realized that digital camera market was slowing. So, they adjusted their focus towards mobile handsets which at that point of time were mainly dominated by Symbian, Windows Mobile and Blackberry OSes. These owners had difficulty attracting the investors and they saw some great downfall, to the point of being evicted from their office space. One good friend of Andy Rubin, Steve Perlman saved them by donating an undisclosed amount to them, without asking for any stakes in the company. By 2005, Google was interested in their efforts and they bought this Android Inc, along with the key employees Andy, Rich and Chris; for $50 million.
By December 2006, Google had already released a prototype which had a very close resemblance to Blackberry phone, with no touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. Then in 2007 Apple introduced iPhone, and Google had to go back to design board to realign themselves accordingly to the upcoming market trend. By 2008, even Nokia and Blackberry came up with their touch-based smartphones to rival iPhone 3G. The first commercially available smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream, which is also known as T-Mobile G1 in September 2008. 2008 onwards,
Android has seen numerous updates which have incrementally improved the OS adding new features and fixing bugs in previous releases. Android is being updated incrementally by Google and the Open Handset Alliance and has seen a multiple updates over the course of time, following is the list of all the versions by name. Each major release is named in alphabetical order after a dessert or sugary treat. Starting from C – Cupcake.