In 2004, the Android OS was developed with the backing of Google by Android Inc. In 2005, Google paid $50 million for the OS.

Originally the Android OS wasn’t designed for the smartphone market; it was actually developed as a digital camera platform.

All Android versions, with the exception of Android 1.0 & 1.1, are named after confectionary and desserts i.e. Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat.

In November 2007, Google launched the Linux-based software system; Android OS.

The first smartphone running Android was released in 2008, the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 depending on your country, it had a sliding keyboard.

Android has over a billion activations on devices including tablets and of course smartphones.

Android releases are alphabetical; Astro, Bender, Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollypop and Marshmallow.

Android is actually open-source which means that individuals have the option to modify source code of the OS and manufacturers can add features.

In 2010 Sony Ericsson’s LiveView watch was released, the device linked to Android phones to show and control things like the Twitter feeds, texts and media player.

Phandroid is a website dedicated to anything Android including news, reviews and forums. They were the first dedicated Android website and their first post came the same day as Google officially announced Android in 2007.

NASA even uses Android. They sent 2 Nexus S handsets running Android Gingerbread into space to test their sensors in orbit aboard the International Space Station.

Android is available in around 46 languages, this also means apps can be produced in different languages to cover a wider audience.