Break out the bunting, inflate the balloons and spike the fruit punch, for it was on this date, way back in the dark old days of considerably less choice that was 2007, that the Open Handset Alliance announced a whole new player in the mobile OS stakes. Its name: Android…
“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,” read the initial statement released by the coalition concerning its new baby. “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.”
That was just five short years ago and since then not only has that goal has been achieved, Android has gone on to outclass the competition. Take our story of last week based on global market intelligence firm IDC’s recent research for example: the open source OS accounted for 75% of all smartphones shipped in the third quarter of this year – and if that’s not ‘accelerating pace’, then we don’t know what is!
Add to this the news from Google Command a week ago today that Google Play now boasted an Apple App Store-rivalling 700,000 app and I think it’s fair to say that Android is a bit more advanced than most five year olds.
So, with many more years of accelerated achievement ahead, a very happy birthday, Android, from Team LOA – you’re still far too young, so we’ll raise a glass on your behalf!