Android’s history goes back ten years to October 2003 when Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White set out to build a platform for digital cameras that could support third party apps, but the focus quickly shifted to mobile phones when they decided that digital cameras were not a big enough market. Since then, they nearly went bankrupt, were bought by Google, and built a market of a whole new category of smart phones with the Android OS.
Android has always been free and open source making it more accessible and unregulated in contrast to the strictly controlled Apple iOS. Since it’s inception Android has gone through it’s ups and downs, but finally found lasting success with the Galaxy SIII. Today Android holds 75% of the smartphone market selling over 162 million units in the first quarter of this year. To learn more, check out this infographic from Startapp.