The Android Story – Worldwide Android Market Share
- October, 2003. Android, Inc was founded in Palo Alto, California, United States by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White.
- August, 2005. Google acquired Android Inc.
- 5 November, 2007. The Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of several companies was formed.
- 12 November, 2007. Android Beta SDK released.
- 23 September, 2008 (0.50%). The first Android device, the HTC Dream (G1), featuring Android 1.0. Android 1.0: Integration with Google Services; Web browser to show, zoom and pan full HTML and XHTML web
pages, multiple pages show as windows; Android Market app downloads and updates; Multitasking, Instant Messaging, WiFi and Bluetooth.
- 9 February, 2009. Android 1.1 update for Android was released for T-Mobile G1 only.
- 30 April 2009. Based on Linux Kernel 2.6.27, the official 1.5 (Cupcake) update for Android was released. Android 1.5 (Cupcake): Faster Camera start-up and image capture; Much faster acquisition of GPS location
(powered by SUPL AGPS); On-screen soft keyboard; Directly upload videos to YouTube and Picasa.
- 15 September 2009. based on Linux Kernel 2.6.29, the 1.6 (Donut) SDK was released.Android 1.6 (Donut): Quick Search Box and Voice Search; Integrated camera, camcorder,and gallery, toggle between still and
video capture modes; Battery usage indicator; CDMA Support; Multilingual text-to-speech function.
- 26 October 2009. Based on Linux Kernel 2.6.29, the 2.0 (Eclair) SDK was released. Android 2.0 (Eclair): Multiple accounts for email and contact synchronization; Microsoft Exchange Support for syncing of email;
Bluetooth 2.1 support; New browser User Interface and support for HTML5; New calendar features.
- 3 December 2009 (3.90%). The 2.0.1 SDK was released.
- 12 January 2010. The 2.1 SDK was released.
- 20 May 2010. Based on Linux Kernel 2.6.32, the 2.2 (Froyo) SDK was released. Android 2.2 (Froyo): Hew tips widget for home screen; Improved Exchange support; Hotspot support; Multiple keyboard languages;
Adobe Flash 10.1.
- 6 December 2010 (17.70%). The 2.3 (Gingerbread) SDK was released. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread): UI refinements for simplicity and speed; New keyboard for faster text input; One-touch word selection and
copy/paste; Near Field Communication (NFC); Internet Calling.
- 22 February 2011. based on Linux Kernel 2.6.35, 2.3.3 was released.
- 22 February 2011. based on Linux Kernel 2.6.36, the 3.0 (Honeycomb) SDK was released for tablets.
- 10 May 2011. The 3.1 SDK was released. Android 3.0 (Honeycomb): Specifically optimized for tablets and devices with larger screen sizes; Refined multitasking, rich notifications, home screen customization, widgets;
Bluetooth tethering; Built-in support for Media/Picture Transfer Protocol.
- 10-11 May, 2011 (22.20%). Ice Cream Sandwich was announced at Google I/O (May 10-11, 2011).
- 18 July, 2011. The 3.2 SDK was released.
- Android Version Distribution (as on July 5, 2011): Android 1.5 - 1.40%; Android 1.6 - 2.20%; Android 2.1 - 17.50%; Android 2.2 - 59.40%; Android 2.3 - 1%; Android 2.3.2 - 1.40%; Android 2.3.3 - 17.60%;
Android 2.3.4 - 0.40%; Android 3.0 - 0.50%.
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