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History

The history of Android is interesting and offers some perspective on what the future might hold.

These are the key events of the past few years:

  • In 2005, Google buys Android, Inc. The world thinks a “gPhone” is about to come out.

  • Everything goes quiet for a while.

  • In 2007, the Open Handset Alliance is announced. Android is officially open sourced.

  • In 2008, the Android SDK 1.0 is released. The G1 phone, manufactured by HTC and sold by the wireless carrier T-Mobile USA, follows shortly afterward.

  • 2009 sees a proliferation of Android-based devices. New versions of the operating system are released: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), and Eclair (2.0 and 2.1). More than 20 devices run Android.


  

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