Android is the most used operating system for mobile devices in the world. In fact, 8 out of 10 smartphones or tablets work with Google’s operating system. (And if you’re reading this post right now is because, most likely, you also use Android).
However, despite its popularity, the fact is that in general terms little is known about this software: we only know that it belongs to Google and that it has a small green robot as a logo.
Therefore and in order to know something more about your operating system, we want to present some curious facts about Android that you might not know and that you’ll certainly would like to know.
- Android was not created by Google: Indeed, the Android Inc. company was created in 2003 with the aim of creating a mobile device that was tailored to users’ needs and preferences as well as to their location. However, financial problems forced to abandon the project until Google bought it to continue its development two years later. Subsequently, a conglomerate of enterprises with Google as the group leader, the business group that nowadays owns Android, was created.
- What has to do Android with Blade Runner? A lot. Because the operating system owes its name to the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was adapted to the big screen under the name of Blade Runner. As this was not enough, Nexus, one of the first devices that used Android was also mentioned in this novel.
- The green robot that we instantly identify with Android is called Andy. You might think that the name is a diminutive of Android but it actually doesn’t come from that word, but originates from Andy Rubin, one of the founders of the company. This nice and green mascot has a curious origin, too: its design was commissioned to creative Irina Blok, who was given a week to create it. Blok was incredibly quick to design it (it took her just a few minutes) using as source of inspiration the symbols to identify the toilets at an airport.
- The sweet names given to its updates: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop and Marshmallow. Have you ever noticed that? They all refer to (usually American) sweets or candies. The only condition is that each update starts with the letter of the alphabet that comes after the first letter of the previous update. However, this hasn’t been always this way since the first version of Android had a name that was a little bit “freaky”: Android R2 -D2.
- Android is men stuff: Well, that’s not completely true but… According to demographic data men use this operating system more than women, who just represent 27%. In addition, the average user age goes from 18 to 44 years and more than half of the users are under 34.
- Android all over the world: As we have said before, it is the most used operating system worldwide. But do you really know how many people use it? According to Google, Android went from having less than 100 million users to have over 400 between 2009 and 2013. Today, it is the undeniable leader with more than one billion devices that work with Android versions.
Did you know these facts about Android? What do you think about it?