Who Owns Android?

Who Owns Android? When it comes to the owners of your mobile device operating systems, you might be curious about what company is behind them. Android has been an operating system for cell phones and tablet computers since 2003 when a company called Android Inc. developed the system for digital cameras. 

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Then, in 2004, Android Inc. changed directions and started to adapt the project to become an operating system for the up-and-coming tech; smartphones.

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Who Owns Android?

Who Owns Android?
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After successfully creating an operating system for mobile devices, Android Inc. was then bought by Google inc. You know, the search engine company. This was in 2005, so quite some time ago now! 

At this point, Google decided to base their project on Linux, which is an open-source operating system for personal computers. This then allowed Google to found the Open Handset Alliance, which is a group of a dozen or so technology companies and mobile telephone companies that have banded together behind open-source operating systems.

The Open Handset Alliance

This alliance includes companies like Motorola, NVIDIA, Samsung and T-Mobile. The ideal behind this alliance was to help promote Android as a free, open-source operating system that would support third-party applications. These Android-based devices were able to use wireless networks to enable features like one-touch Google Searches, the use of Google Earth, and other Google-based programs.

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Who Owns Android?
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T-Mobile then released the G1 in October of 2008, which was the first mobile telephone to feature Android as its operating system. Fast forward to 2012, and Android was officially the most popular operating system for mobile devices. In 2020, it’s recorded that about 75 per cent of mobile devices will run on the Android operating system. So, in short, Android is owned by Google, but also a part of an alliance with a bunch of different companies.

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