Google officially introduced its Android mobile operating system on November 5th, 2007, which just so happens to line up with today, so happy 13th birthday, Android. Ryne Hager from Android Police reports:
On November 5th, 2007, the “Open Handset Alliance” was revealed after long speculation that Google would enter the smartphone market, following the purchase of a little startup named “Android.” Rumors had swirled surrounding a potential “Gphone,” but Google quashed them as it announced that Android would be an open platform for anyone. Companies including Motorola, Qualcomm, HTC, and T-Mobile were all on board to help deliver the hardware and partnerships the nascent platform would require.
Google promised that Android would change the status quo, and it definitely delivered, with it now claiming over 72% of the worldwide smartphone market share, according to some recent estimates (if not more). It’s the primary vehicle that has allowed billions of people to get online in emerging markets, and it’s the reason our site even exists.