Can you remember your first Android phone? Mine was the HTC Droid Eris running Android version 1.5, Cupcake. I knew nothing of Android when I bought it, only that I could customize it and tweak it to my liking. So there I was, walking around the Verizon sales floor, debating between the Droid Eris and the Blackberry touch. I made the right choice. Blackberry Assault is definitely not as cool..
So how far has Android come? Let’s examine some neat statistics and look at the history of Android.
Android was officially unveiled to us common folk in 2007, about six years ago. The first Android device, the HTC G1 (HTC Dream) was released to the public in 2008. At Google I/O 2013 in May, Tim Stevens announced Android has received over 900 million activations. Let me type that out for you, 900,000,000. Here in the US there are a little over 300 million of us. So that’s three Android phones for everyone! Not bad considering Android has snagged about 70% of the smartphone market, according to Venturebeat.
Lets talk about apps. 48 Billion application downloads was also a nice fact mentioned at the Google I/O. Today, it’s probably over 50 Billion downloads, or at least very close to it. When the Google Playstore opened for business (formerly known as the Marketplace), there were a mere 62 apps. People were laughing, especially when one of the most popular downloads was a flashlight app. Now, a staggering 780 thousand apps according to AppBrain. Users could spend a very long time downloading all over them. Lets say it takes you a minute to download and install an app, even though some app downloads maybe be small and quick, some large and long (But I like working with easy numbers). It would take you a year and half to grab them all. Hopefully you have unlimited data. And the time to do so!
What lies in the future for Android? According to Canalys, over 1 Billion Android-based smart phones will ship in 2017. I can’t resist typing this number out: 1,000,000,000. These phones will account for 73% of the market. It’s Amazing how a lot of mobile developers still develop for iOS first and Android second.
So from Cupcake to Key lime Pie, 62 apps to 780 thousand, a handful of devices to 1 Billion, I won’t be surprised when Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back in time to stop the world from androids taking over.