Android is the Google platform billions of people use on their smartphones. The origins of Android began in 2006, around the same time that Apple denied it was creating the now ever-popular iPhone. Compact laptops were the hot new item and the tablets of the day looked like a laptop sans keyboard. The smartphones back then were Blackberries and Window’s mobile devices. Compared with today’s sleek, fit in pocket smartphones, these early models were clunky and awkward.Back then, former Apple engineer Andy Rubin owned a small mobile software company called Danger. The danger was known for a device called the HipTop, which later became the SideKick. This compact device had a cult following. Users were in awe of being able to take Google with them wherever they went.When the board of directors of Danger decided to replace Rubin, he went out on his own and formed his own software company, now known to millions an Android. For the first two years, Android was a stand-alone company with no product to sell and Rubin funded everything by himself. The idea was then presented to investors in 2005 who jumped on board. Rubin and his team then formed a headquarter in Mountain View, California to finish off their vision; eventually producing the first model which was known as a T-Mobile G-1 and featured a slide-out QWERTY keyboard; which was released in 2008. Android really took off in 2010 with the unveiling of the new Nexus One. The phone was the most cutting edge in the industry, featuring a sleek, sexy design that was a departure from the thick, chunky models of the past and showcased the best of Google’s software.Given such success on the smartphone market, it seemed logical for Android to expand into wearables such as the Google watch as well as into the tablet market to compete with big names such as the Apple iPad. With a constantly changing and competitive market, Android continues to develop new products and services for its billions of users around the world. No doubt it will keep users on the edge of their seats, eager to see what they will come up with next.If you're interested in mobile development or are looking to get certified, try our micro certification on Mobile Device Security Fundamentals
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