Android Completes Five years at Google, threatens the iPhone, earns an IP infringement Lawsuit and keeps getting Better!

Five years ago, around this time, Google acquired the Android OS as a part of the acquisition of Android Inc. Just 22 months old at that time, who knew that today, Google Android will be a renowned name in the mobile world!


The development and growth of Android was extremely secretive and there was not much word about it. The only  fact known to Businessinsider was that it was an operating system for cellphones. Google too was not very open about the acquisition and stated that,

We acquired Android because of the talented engineers and great technology. We’re thrilled to have them here.

Today, we know all that Google had so much more for Android in its mind. Android OS is the fastest growing mobile OS and has the potential to take over every other mobile OS in future. It is available for tablets and for notebooks as well. It has numerous developers who appreciate the openness of the platform and the development process. It has an equally good variant Cyanogen Mod, which releases coordinated with Android releases.

In short, Android has developed a successful community around itself. This strong circle is just what a product needs to survive and grow forever.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.