Android Development: A Brief History

For most people, the word Android became almost synonymous with Google. But did you know that Android used to be a separate company, which Google bought in 2005? Back in 2005, not many people paid much attention to this acquisition. But soon after, rumors began that Google was planning to compete with other key players in the mobile industry.

In 2007, the Open Handset Alliance was established, and Google was essentially leading it. During that time, Android was first introduced and became the flagship software of the consortium. However, it wasn’t until October 22nd, 2008 that the first Android phone became available to the public. On that day, a smartphone known as T-Mobile G1 (or HTC Dream) went on sale in the United States.

A fun move on Google’s part was deciding to name their OS versions after popular desserts in alphabetical order. The initial two versions didn’t have a name. However, beginning with Android 1.5, also known as “Cupcake”, the tradition lives on. Version 1.6 was called “Donut”, versions 2.0 and 2.1 went by the name “Eclair”, then came “Froyo” (frozen yogurt, that is), “Gingerbread”, “Honeycomb”. The current version is called “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Of course, we can’t help but wonder what the next version would be called. A popular guess is “Jelly Bean”.

By the way, several technology companies have also named their updates with fun names. For example, Apple uses cat names (leopard, lion, tiger) to name their new version releases. But it sounds more fun when you can say something like, “My phone runs on gingerbread” as opposed to “My phone runs on lion”, don’t you think? Also, you might hear people say “I want to get ice cream sandwich for my phone”, meaning I want to upgrade to the latest version of Android operating system.

Android development history is not very long, but it is quite interesting. It’s closely connected with the mobile industry history.