Microsoft, Nokia and Symbian have mocked Android
When new operating systems were starting to take shape, iOS and Android were not the only major players. Microsoft, Nokia and Symbian were already on the market for a while. None of these three competitors saw Android as a strong competitor.
At the time, Symbian officials said, "We're the only ones on real phones and with a lot of apps built over the last few years." Nokia, for its part, was emphatic in saying, "We don't see any threats on Android." More cautiously Microsoft explained, "We don't understand the impact this system can have."
Well, none of these three companies have had a very positive future in the mobile industry. Symbian was eventually used in Nokia's smartphones, until Nokia decided to replace it with Windows Phone, Microsoft's nearly disappearing system. Windows accounts for less than 1% of worldwide sales, while Android occupies 85% of this share.
Do you know who loves Nexus 5? Whoopi Goldberg
It may seem that celebrities choose not to use Android, let alone a Nexus device, right? But this is the case of actress Whoopi Goldberg, who in 2014 used Twitter to express her love for the year's top model Nexus 5. In her tute, she reveals that she loves the red Nexus 5, see:
So I'm playing with the new red nexus 5 google phone, having great time learning the ins & outs of this phone.
its easy 2 find in my bag 2
Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg)
February 13, 2014
The first two versions of Android have no sweet names
All current versions of Android have candy names. Although it is something curious and unusual, it is just a joke that started between Google developers. The first candy was Android 1.5 Cupcake. But prior to the arrival of this update, there were two other versions, 1.0 and 1.1, internally called '' Astro Boy '' and 'Petit Four'.
The last name is a well-known appetizer in France and perhaps from it began the story of the sweet names of Android.
Android was not designed to run on smartphones
In 2013, Andy Rubin revealed during a conference in Tokyo that Android was not a smartphone system. In fact, the OS was designed to be used in smart cameras whose idea was to have the photos taken by those cameras uploaded directly to the system in a cloud service, originally called '' Android Datacenter ''.
However, the camera market began to lose its breath, and Rubin decided that the effort could be in vain. So the Android team began to focus its forces on smartphones. From the beginning, Android was designed to be free, free and unhindered for the industry concerned.
It may seem little, but at the time, the license of Windows CE cost the eye of all manufacturers to use it. Investing in building an OS from scratch was impossible, so Android was an interesting and economical outlet for technology and phone companies.
Galaxy 's' no means Samsung
If you think that on models of the Galaxy line the 'S' stands for 'Samsung', then you are wrong. During a launch in 2011, the company revealed the meaning of the lyrics that accompanies its top models, known as the Galaxy S.
According to the South Korean company, the 'S' comes from 'Super Smart', ie super smart. Other letters used by Samsung have different meanings, such as the 'Y' of 'Young' – 'R' of 'Royal' – refined 'and' M 'of' magic '.
Android a man
Well, at least one robotic man. Although many dictionaries define android as a human-looking robot, the Greek prefix andr- male, and the vast majority of robots described as andrides have the appearance of a man.
There are several terms for female-looking robots: gynoid, fembot, and robotess. The last word was coined in 1921, in the same theatrical piece that created the term rob: R.U.R., or Rossums Universal Robots.
Every Android user should thank Steve Jobs
Calm down, I will explain. Between 2005 and 2007, Android had only one competitor in mind: Microsoft, which at the time was the largest and most powerful technology company on the market. So each smartphone was different – Motorola had a system, Nokia had another, Samsung a third – and the Android team thought that Microsoft was the company creating a single operating system.
When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone in 2007, the Android team realized they would have to return to the design table. Otherwise, Samsung, Sony, LG and company would be more like a Blackberry or a Windows CE device.
In 2007, as now, Android was more interesting than the iPhone
Most think Apple revolutionized software on smartphones, but at the same time the Android team was working on something far more interesting: unlike the iPhone, which was largely dependent on iTunes, it didn't offer multitasking functions and didn't even count. With copy and paste, Android developed a device called Sooner, with multitasking, connecting to an online app store, support for smartphones and tablets, and independence from a PC or laptop.
Unfortunately, the Sooner device was very, very ugly. A plastic brick with physical keyboard and a small screen that did not react to touch. By comparison, the iPhone looked like something out of a science fiction movie, using an accelerometer to orient the screen, its touchscreen, and its revolutionary use experience. That's why Android was able to reformulate itself and adopted Apple's improvements. Today, smartphones with physical keyboards are rare.
Android works in space
In 2013, NASA launched a bunch of "PhoneSats," ultra-cheap satellites powered by Android smartphones. The PhoneSats have already turned toast – all three burned as they enter the atmosphere – but they have done their work admirably, sending photos back from space and demonstrating that satellites can be made with very cheap hardware.
PhoneSats were made from two HTC Nexus One and one Samsung Nexus S, and the total cost was around $ 3,500 per satellite. This is really cheap if you think about normal satellites.
NASA was not the only organization to launch Android smartphones in space. Also in 2013, the satellite STRaND-1 was launched in orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, on behalf of Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) of England. The STRaND-1 was the first satellite with a smartphone in its core, a Nexus One.
As SSTL explained, "Smartphones are highly advanced by incorporating a number of important features that are essential for a satellite, such as cameras, radio links, accelerometers, and high-performance computer processors. Almost everything except solar and propulsion panels." And smartphones are even smarter today.
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