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20 Interesting Facts About Android

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Here are 20 kickass and interesting facts about Android.

1-5 Interesting facts about Android

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1. Google did not create Android, they bought the company in 2005 – Source

2. Android was originally created as an operating system for digital cameras – Source

3. It is based on the open source operating system Linux – Source

4. It controls 88% of the world smartphone market – Source

5. The first Android prototype looked a lot like a Blackberry – Source

6-10 Interesting facts about Android

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6. Microsoft makes an astounding $2 billion a year from Android in the form of patent royalties – Source

7. Over 1.4 billion people are now using Android – Source

8. Samsung had the opportunity to buy Android in late 2004 but passed the opportunity because they did not see any potential in it – Source

9. In 2007, when Android was unveiled, Nokia made a statement “we don’t see this as a threat” – Source

10. The word Android refers only to a male robot, whereas a female robot is called “Gynoid” – Source

11-15 Interesting facts about Android

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11. Google has statues outside its HQ for each version of the Android OS – Source

12. Apart from Android 1.0 and 1.1, all other Android versions have been named after sweet treats or desserts – Source

13. Android versions are named in Alphabetical order – Source

Below are the names of various Android versions:

  • Cupcake – Android 1.5
  • Donut – Android 1.6
  • Eclair – Android 2.0
  • Froyo – Android 2.2
  • Gingerbread – Android 2.3
  • Honeycomb – Android 3.0
  • Ice Cream Sandwich – Android 4.0
  • Jelly Bean – Android 4.1 – 4.3.1
  • KitKat – Android 4.4 – 4.4.4
  • Lollipop – Android 5.0 – 5.1.1
  • Marshmallow – Android 6.0 – 6.0.1
  • Nougat – Android 7.0 – 7.1

14. The very first Android phone from 2008 had no headphone jack and required an adapter – Source

15. In 2010, Anssi Vanjoki, CEO of Nokia, said that using Android is like a Finnish boy peeing his pants to stay warm – Source

16-20 Interesting facts about Android

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16. Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road – Source

17. Android Logging System has a method called wtf() which stands for “What a Terrible Failure” – Source

18. Android devices sell more than Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Mac OS X devices combined – Source

19. In each Android version, an Easter egg can be revealed by continuously clicking the version number in the “About” screen.

20. In late 2008, many critics thought Android would fail miserably – Source

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