5 Things You Never Knew About Android:
- If you thought Android was the brainchild of Google, think again. It was devised way back in 2003 by Andy Rubin and Rich Miner only to sell it to Google for $50 million. Google put the concept in cold storage until 2007 when it announced plans to launch the Android mobile platform. Today Rubin is the director of mobile platforms and Miner the group manager, both at Google.
- Android is based on Linux, the open source operating system and Windows challenger. And if anything challenges Microsoft it interests Google. Apart from this keeping Android source code open means many developers will be attracted to the development environ and will also help to keep the costs down and revenues high.
- While the iPhone can only run one app at a time the Android is a proper multi-tasking mobile OS that can run multiple apps like the Google Maps, media player, browser at the same time without any hiccups. Seems like iPhone has some catching up to do at least in one department.
- Will Android be completely open as previously thought? It seems not and a good reason for saying this is the fact that the complete Android code hasn't been disclosed to the developer community and it is likely that Google will not disclose the crux of the Android code for reasons best known to it. Be ready for less than full Android development then.
- You must be wondering hoe does Google benefit from keeping the Android platform open source especially when it doesn't take a dime from the application distributed through the online Android Market. Well Google the old hat wants to dominate the mobile advertising space just like it has dominated the PC web space. So don't be surprised if you see a pop up every now and then while browsing on your Android phone, after all Google doesn't collect the huge chunk of your personal browsing data for nothing, does it?