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Android is five years old today

Happy birthday!
Mon Nov 05 2012, 16:01
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SOFTWARE ARCHITECT Google's Android mobile operating system turned five years old today.

Yep, that's making us feel old too. Five years ago, on 5 November 2007, the Open Handset Alliance announced Android - a new open source mobile phone operating system. On that day, the Open Handset Alliance shared the goals that it hoped to achieve with Android, which many of us probably mocked at the time.

A statement from the coalition released on 5 November 2007 read, "This alliance shares a common goal of fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available on today's mobile platforms.

"By providing developers a new level of openness that enables them to work more collaboratively, Android will accelerate the pace at which new and compelling mobile services are made available to consumers."

The first Android smartphone, the HTC Dream arrived in October 2008, almost a year after Apple announced its first generation Iphone. But it was on this day in 2007 that the war between the competing mobile phone visions truly began.

Sure, It might be only five years old, but Google's mobile operating system is doing alright for itself. Just last week the latest statistics from IDC revealed that the Android mobile operating system accounted for around two-thirds of all smartphone shipments during the third quarter, a 91.5 percent increase from the third quarter of 2011.

Google doesn't seem to be celebrating much today, but we'll be glad to have a beer or three on its behalf. Happy birthday, Android! µ


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