Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White created Android in 2003, when they co-founded Android Inc., a company that aimed to develop smarter mobile devices.
In 2004, while still working on the operating system, Andy Rubin found himself broke. The operation was close to going bankrupt and investors were not very excited about the product.
At that time, Rubin was close to being kicked out of the Android office for lack of payment. Desperate, he asked for help from Steve Perlman, creator of QuickTime.
Perlman decided to help his friend with a check for $ 10,000. «I did it because I believed it and wanted to help Andy,» he said later when interviewed.
Samsung almost bought Android
Before selling the company to Larry Page and Sergey brin, the Android co-founder even traveled several times to Seoul, South Korea, to meet with one of the biggest handset manufacturers at the time, Samsung.
Among 20 Samsung executives, Rubin enthusiastically demonstrated the idea of Android, but the only thing he got was silence from the people who were there.
“You and what army are you going to make and create this? You have six people. You’re high? It was basically what they said. They laughed at me outside the conference room. That was two weeks before Google acquired us, ”recalls Rubin.
Acquisition by Google
In early 2005, Google co-founder Larry Page schedules a meeting with Andy Rubin.
Concerned about changes in the mobile device industry, Larry Page and Sergey Brin feared that Microsoft could become a problem for Google.
After hearing about his work on Android, Page not only agreed to help Andy with an investment – he decides that Google will acquire Android.
The search engine then acquired Android Inc. for about $ 50 million and the Google Mobile division was born. Android’s 8-person team was transferred to Mountain View.
For David Lawee, former vice president of corporate development and now responsible for Google Capital (“CapitalG”), this was Google’s “best possible deal” in its history.
Advertising and Development
Two years after Google acquired Android and five months after the iPhone was launched, Android was announced.
At that time, the operating system was moving at a slow pace. It was clearly a competitor to the BlackBerry and operated from a qwerty keyboard and 320 × 240 resolution screens.
The first device, as you can see above, was built by HTC and had no major differentiator.
Except, of course, Android itself that was beginning to show a deep integration with the services offered by the Mountain View giant.
When Apple showed the iPhone in January 2007, Google called its engineers and had to «start over» all Android development.
Despite immense efforts to readjust all the software, the first device, the T-Mobile G1, arrived still equipped with a qwerty keyboard and capacitive screen.
Nexus and Pixel
The headline “Google Phone is coming” dominated the blogosphere in 2009 with the idea of an Android smartphone with the Google brand.
Rumors pointed out that Google would be interested in competing with its own device. There were many rumors and leaks in that period.
In early 2010, Google and HTC held a joint event: it was the launch of the Nexus One. A device that ran Android in its pure form and with guaranteed updates.
In addition, the device took Android out of kindergarten and tried to drive manufacturers to continue innovating around the Google platform.
In addition to the Nexus One, Google launched the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5x and Nexus 6p. The line also brought tablets and later set-top boxes.
In 2016, after several years working with partner manufacturers, Google decided to introduce the Google Pixel – the first “Google Phone” entirely built by its engineers.
In order to improve and get closer to the construction of the device, Google announced, a few days ago, the acquisition of the Pixel division on HTC for $ 1.1 billion.
The rest is history. And you, GD reader, have been following this whole saga with us since 2006.