10 Facts About Android That You Didn’t Know


1. Android Version Naming
A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,.. What’s this ?? Well this is the order in which most of Android versions are named so far. Don’t believe me..well here you go..

Android Versions

  • Android (System)
  • Beta (version 1.0) (released on November 5th, 2007)
  • CupCake (version 1.5)
  • Donut (version 1.6)
  • Eclair (version 2.0)
  • Froyo aka Frozen Yoghurt (version 2.2.x)
  • Gingerbread (version 2.3.x)
  • Honeycomb (version 3.x)
  • Icecream Sandwich (version 4.x) (The latest stable version is 4.0.4 which was released at march 28th)
  • J…? (version 5.0? 4.1?)

I don’t know if you have noticed, but all of these names are also names of different kinds of deserts (Android and beta excluded though)! Interesting!

My best guess is that they will continue naming the next generations of Android versions in this pattern. So what do you think the

next version of Android will be called?

2. Who gave birth to Android?
Well.. Google didn’t. Android Inc. was actually a company bought by Google back in 2005.

Android Inc. was originally founded in 2003.

3. What does Google get out of Android
Long term goal of Google is to capture large market share of Mobile Ad revenue.

Some would say that Google are a search engine company. Others would say they’re an email company, or a web host, or a content distribution network (CDN) provider, or an application provider for businesses, or… the list goes on and on.

But the truth is, Google is an advertising company. They sell advertisements.

Advertisements for your website, they sell advertisements they include in your search results, heck they even sell advertisements for the apps you use on your phone!

4. Android is Open Source:
Some people doesn’t know this, but Android is actually Open Source.

To those of you that doesn’t know what that mean here’s some basic information about what Open Source programs have in common:

  • The users of Android have access to the source code.
  • The users of Android can change the source code and create new versions of the operating system.
  • If you success in changing the source code to a new and working version of the operating system, you can distribute this to other users.

5. Programming Languages:
Android is built using various programming languages such as C, Java and C++. C makes the core and Jave takes care of the UI..

6. Android Logo Facts:
Google’s Android logo derived from the Atari Game called “Gauntlet: The Third Encounter”. Or at least it seems so, looking at this comparison picture.

7. Nearly 50% of the market share
Android almost had 50% of the total market share in Q4 of 2011 according to this article.

8. First released on?
The first commercial version of android was released on September 23 2008.

9. Licensing
Google gives Android free of cost to cell phone manufacturers.

10. Nearly 500.000 apps
There’s 430.000 apps available apps for android phones and tablets. Roughly 20.000 new apps are added each month.

To compare theres roughly 590.000 apps in app store (for iOS devices).