On average, there are about 6 billion cell phone calls and over 200 trillion text messages sent a day in the United States. While people are making calls and texting, they probably don’t stop and think about their phones. For Android users, there are some interesting facts about your phone that you may not have known. How did they get started? What makes them run? What do people use them for the most, besides texting? Also, do I fit the demographic for this particular phone or model? These questions have some interesting answers.
Android wasn’t made by Google
Android was actually developed buy the company Android, Inc. in Palo Alto, California. The company was established in October 2003 by founders Andy Rubin, Chris White, Nick Sears, and Rich Miner. Their reason for starting the company and developing Android was to create a smart mobile device that was more aware of the user’s wants, preferences, and location. However, despite the accomplishments of the founders and employees, they ran out of money for development. On August 17, 2005, Google acquired Android, Inc. and its employees causing many people to think Google was going to try their hand at the mobile market. The assumptions were true and in September 2007 Google reported a patent for mobile technology.
Android’s Operating System is based off of Linux
The operating system is primarily based off of Linux kernel and Google has made several changes to make it go above and beyond the original basis of Linux kernel. When Android was first developed by Android, Inc. there were two updates, 1.0 Astro, and 1.1 Bender. After those updates, and after the company was acquired by Google, each update has been named after a tasty dessert in alphabetical order. The 1.5 Cupcake update was the first of the delicious names and they are now on update 4.1, Jelly Bean.
The first Android phone was the HTC G1
The very first phone to be released using Google’s Android Operating System was the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1. This model of HTC phones was the first phone that was launched to compete with Apple’s iPhone. The HTC Dream was officially released in the United States and the United Kingdom in October of 2008 and was later released to other European countries in 2009. Now, Android runs on about 109 different phones, 80 tablets, and a 6 eReaders, which is a lot of mobile devices that rely on this Operating system, compared to the 5 iPhones, 4 iPods, and 3 iPads that run on the iOS.
Android is Open Source
Google, along with many others, is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which strives to develop open standards for mobile devices. This means that users are able to see different processes associated with the development and design of different products. In the case of Android, users are able to actually view the source code behind the operating system, which has over 12 million lines of code.
More men than women use Android
For just about any product that can be marketed to the public, there are certain demographics that marketers keep in mind. This demographic is who they try to appeal to in order to sell the most of that product. For Android, their main demographic is men with about only about 27% of users being female. Users are also mainly between the ages of 18 and 44 with about 60% of them being under the age of 34. Android users use their phone for more than just texting and making phone calls; about 34% of their time is spent checking their emails and 21% playing games, with one of the top games being Angry Birds.