8 anecdotes on Android that you will hardly believe

1. Android 3.0 has never been used on phones

today ‘ today, Android runs on watches, televisions, cars… But Android 3.0 has never turned on a phone. In 2010, Apple had just announced the iPad and Google had to react.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb was built only for tablets. And you know why? For tablets such as the Sony Tablet P, HTC Jetstream and the Asus Eee Pad Slider. In your opinion, why has you it not had a newer model for these tablets?

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here is the Sony P Tablet that is 5.5 inches. © Sony

2. Android 1.0 does not have a dessert named

Android devices get all their name a sweet dish or a dessert. Well no, Android 1.0 was to name Alpha and Astro boy . Android 1.1 was called small oven but at this time the alphabetical order was not respected. The literate version of dessert names started with Android 1.5 Cupcake.

In your opinion, how will be called Android O.? 

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Android 1.0 (left), and Android 2.1 (right). © Google

3. Android has saved lives

well, I don’t speak of the operating system itself (though… who knows?). It is rather different products developed for Android. There are many situations in which smartphones helped prevent gunshot wounds.

4. Android is a boy

good, a boy half robot, agree. Although many definitions describe the term Android robot with a human appearance, the prefix andr is male and most of the robots that we see around Android appear to be also. 

Several terms exist to describe robots resembling female: gynoid, fembot and robotess. In french we often (wrongly) use the term Android to describe also the female robots.

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imaginations: it’s a boy! © ANDROIDPIT

5. Android was created not for smartphones

in 2013, the creator of Android Andy Rubin said in Tokyo that Android today was did not for phones originally. It had been created for smart cameras. The idea was to connect the cameras to the PC and then upload the photos on the cloud using the Android data center name service .

The digital camera market began its decline and Rubin decided that it was not big enough to justify so much effort… This is why Android has started to be interested in smartphones.

Android was meant to be free. “Our goal was to run on Android as many smartphones as possible, says Rubin. For this reason, instead of paying $ 99 or less, we distributed it for free because we knew that the price had a strong impact in this market. “

originally, Android has not been created for smartphones

Ca does not seem to be a big problem, but at the time, when you want to use a mobile as Windows CE operating system, you had to pay heavy costs of license or create your own alternative, which is also expensive. A free operating system represented in deep savings for the phone companies, and the latter don’t have would probably not interested in Android if he had not been free.

6. every Android user should thank Steve Jobs

no, this isn’t a troll. Between 2005 and 2007 Android only had one enemy in the payoff: Microsoft. The latter represented the company the largest, most powerful and the richest man in the middle. At this time, all phones were different: Motorola had its own system, Nokia also, Samsung also… And Android understood that if it should be that a single system on all phones, it would be Microsoft.

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, employees of Android have understood that things would change. If this were not the case, your Samsung or your Sony would look like strongly to a BlackBerry or Windows CE. 

before looking at the iPhone, Android was interested in Windows devices such as this one. © HTC

7. In 2007, Android was more interesting than the iPhone

most people think that Apple has revolutionized the software interface of smartphones. What did Android at the same time is even more interesting: Unlike the iPhone which depended strongly on iTunes, had no potential multi-tasking, and didn’t even do copy-and – paste, Android has developed a phone called Sooner. The latter could perform several processes at the same time, had no need to communicate with a computer could run on phones as well as on the shelves and connect on an online store. In your teeth, Apple.

Android was more ambitious, but the iPhone was more successful. © Roman / CC BY – SA 3.0 Wikipedia

Unfortunately, ring was really very, very ugly. It was sort of a piece of plastic with an air of BlackBerry, with a small keyboard and without touch screen. In comparison, the iPhone seemed to get right of a science fiction movie, used an accelerometer to guide the screen as if by magic, and its touch screen was about to revolutionize the way we interact with mobile devices.

At first, no one saw a real future to touch screens… But it’s worked yet well. This is also the reason why Android so much inspired from the style of the iPhone in 2008. Today, it is rare to see phones with physical keyboards still (although a comeback is not excluded with the BlackBerry Priv ).

8 Android in function in space

in 2013, NASA launched a few PhoneSats, extremely cheap satellites which are supported by Android phones. The PhoneSats have now disappeared (they all three burned in the atmosphere), but they all three very well done their work, sending pictures from space and showing that it is possible to make quality for space satellites without paying much.

based on smartphones satellites worked in space

the PhoneSats were created from two HTC Nexus Ones and a Samsung Nexus S, total each satellite cost about 3500 euros. For space devices, it is really not expensive at all.

NASA was not the only organization to use Android smartphones to send them into space. In 2013, the STRaND-1 satellite was put in orbit since the space center of Satish Dhawan in Sriharikota, India, on behalf of Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in England. STRaND-1 was the first satellite from smartphone which has been sent into space, and my heart was the Nexus One of Google.

phones in space © NASA

as SSTL has explained: “smartphones are very advanced devices and contain key components for satellites, such as cameras, radio links, accelerometers, and high-performance processors. We have almost everything except solar panels and the drives. “And today, smartphones are even smaller.

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