Eight years ago today, Android was officially announced and was the beginning of a new era.

It was also that start of the Open Handset Alliance which united Google, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, software companies, chip manufacturers and some mobile carriers.

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The beta release of an early version of Android.

Android was shown as an open-source alternative to who at the time was the top mobile operating systems, Windows Mobile from Microsoft, Blackberry by RIM, Symbian OS by Nokia and the just few months before early days of iOS  by Apple.

A lot has happened in the last eight years, Android has gone from a small platform in beta form only running on a couple of devices to being the most-used mobile operating system on earth.

Android has over 83% of the smartphone market.

There are over a billion Android users and its growing each and everyday. Android is on more devices than just smartphones.

Since Android’s launch and rise to the top of the mobile marketshare, Palm has since been dissolved by HP, Blackberry’s share of the pie is virtually non-existent (Blackberry is just now putting out a Android-powered phone, which they should have done a while ago) and Microsoft is still trying to get people to use Windows Mobile (the latest being Windows 10 Mobile).

You can find tablets, smart watches, set-top boxes, smart TVs, in-car navigation systems or even a internet-connected oven, all running some form of Android.

Android is on its sixth version of the platform (Android 6.0 Marshmallow). Just like previous versions, not every one is going to be perfect out of the gate but Android has gotten much better since the days of Android 1.5 Cupcake.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of the platform that released in 2015.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of the platform that released in 2015.

There’s no stopping Android now, its all up from here. So here’s to many more years of Android (the platform will be a decade old in two short years).

Source: Open Handset Alliance

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