Android was first unveiled on 5 November 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 71 hardware, software, and telecom companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
Since then Google has taken Android to a whole new level, with several handset models and Android OS have been released since then.
There are currently over 70,000 apps available for Android with in the Android Market with some estimates saying 100,000 have been submitted, which makes it the second most popular mobile development environment, after Apple’s iPhone. Now that is what I call fast growth.
Android OS has seen several updates since the initial release.
Versions and associated names for updates:
- Version 1.5 : Cupcake
- Version 1.6 : Donut
- Version 2.0/2.1 : Eclair
- Version 2.2 : Froyo
- Version 2.6 : Gingerbread (to be launched in Q4 –2010)
- Version 3.0 : Honeycomb (to be launched in 2011)
I love the Android platform, not only since its so versatile, but its an open platform, which brings in a lot of talented developers together to create something powerful for everyone.
If you are an Android Fan you would love the Android Windows Theme. It consists of 25+ Custom Android Wallpapers, Custom Android Icons and some Funky sounds which every Android fan would like.