True Story Behind The Formation Of 'Android'

First of all, let’s take a moment and thank Andy Rubin for creating Android, an open source operating system for Smartphones which is used by more than 85% of the total smartphones. It is because of Android, the prices of smartphones are affordable in today’s time.

 The Story behind Android

There was a time when ‘Carriers ruled the market of phones and was raking high in profits. They didn't want any company - large or small - infringing on their profits, which is why most of the tech industry thought an idea like Rubin's was impossible, say sources who worked at Google in Android's early days. While the carrier system was profit oriented, Android is open source.

The term "open source" means anyone can take the original source code that makes up Android and use it on their gadgets free. Anyone can build on that code or modify it.

Andy Rubin- Creator of Android

Andy Rubin- Creator of Android

According to an interview with Business Insider, Rubin initially tried to design Android for cameras but couldn't get traction from investors. So he teamed up with Chris White, who previously designed the interface for WebTV, and Nick Sears, a former T-Mobile marketing executive Rubin had worked with when launching the Danger Hiptop, or T-Mobile Sidekick as it was widely known.

Rubin explained his idea to create an open-source operating system for phones. Most people thought Rubin was crazy for trying. Where he should have sell it for millions to reach the break-even of his investments, he was insisting to declare it as open source.

According to a source close to him, “It was becoming a hard situation for him. But he didn’t lost hope. He was determined with his vision and then he got a big break”.

Google acquired Android

Almost everyone thought Rubin was crazy except one, Google’s co-founder Larry page. Who instructed Google executive to reach out to Rubin, and it may have been the most important call of Rubin's life. The time when Android needed funding desperately. Page had a meeting with Rubin, where he praised about Rubin’s idea of not so successful mobile design ‘Sidekick’. The meeting went well and eventually Android got its new building in Google’s campus.


Google and the Android team basically built its first phone, the G1, as a proof-of-concept. They wanted to show potential partners what Android could do so that they would want to use it on their own phones. That gave android a rise that’s still showing an upward trend.

The determination is something that could make any ‘Impossible’ dream, a reality. It was Andy Rubin’s focus, belief and hard work that made him one of most successful entrepreneur of all time.

This was how Android got started. Now one of most booming market is Android apps, even small businesses want their own app to match the current trend.


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