Happy Birthday Android. Many people have wondered, or somewhat differed on what date was Android born? Well, on November 5th is disputable the birth of what it is now Android. A quick reminder; It was on 5th of November, 2007 when the Open Handset Alliance was formally announced, comprising Google, HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola, and dozens of software companies, chip manufactures, and mobile carriers, in the cause of promoting Android. The platform was presented as an open-source alternative to then-dominant mobile operating systems like Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, RIM’s BlackBerry, Nokia’s Symbian, and – at least at the time- the looming specter of the iPhone.
8 years old Android has sprung up and taken the lead, leaving the alternative running on only a few devices. It has become the most-used operating system on the mobile industry, running on more than a billion mobile phones and powering such diverse hardware as tablets, smart watches, set-top boxes and smart TVS, in-car entertainment systems, and even a connected oven or two. Android dominates the mobile landscape, with only Apple’s iOS offering any notable market-share competition. In the time since its launch, Palm suffered an ignominious demise and was devoured by HP, BlackBerry has become a shell of its former self (and is finally making Android-powered phones), and Microsoft has offered only token opposition with the revitalized Windows Mobile.
Android OS has been getting better and better from generation to generation and now it’s on its 6th generation (Marshmallow, version 6.0). And I still believe there are still room for improvement, but what the platform has been able to achieve in this short period of 8 years, is great and still looking forward for greater heights.