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It’s one of the world’s most popular operating systems, but there’s more to Android than you might think. Here are some interesting facts that might surprise you.

1. Google didn’t create Android. Android was conceived in 2003 A Brief History Of Mobile Phones A Brief History Of Mobile Phones Mobile phones have changed the way we live our lives and to many, the prospect of a world without voice calling, text messaging and mobile Internet access is an unsettling one. As we all know,... Read More by Android, Inc. and was originally meant to be an operating system for digital cameras. It wasn’t until 2005 that Google acquired Android, Inc. and began paving the way towards victory over iOS, Windows Mobile, and Symbian.

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2. Android had a smartwatch way back in 2010. Apple managed to convince many people that the Apple Watch was the first smartwatch on the market, but Sony Ericsson had released the LiveView smartwatch five years prior. But to be fair, the LiveView was way worse than the Apple Watch.

3. Play Store revenue may soon overtake App Store revenue. From 2014 to 2015, Google apps generated around $7 billion while Apple apps generated around $10 billion. While Apple still leads, Google’s revenue is growing at a faster rate than Apple’s revenue, which suggests that Google may catch up in a year or two.

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4. There are over 4,000 different types of Android devices and these devices are all created and maintained by over 400 different manufacturers. This is great for diversity and widespread adoption, but it’s one of the key reasons why your device takes so long to update Why Hasn't My Android Phone Updated Yet? Why Hasn't My Android Phone Updated Yet? The Android update process is long and complicated; let's examine it to find out exactly why your Android phone takes so long to update. Read More . Fragmentation is a double-edged sword.

5. Over 1 billion people use Android all over the world. In 2014, the market share numbers were in heavy favor of Google over Apple. When Android users were breaking past the 10-figure threshold, the number of iOS users hovered somewhere around 470 million.

Got any other cool Android facts? Drop a comment and share with us down below!

Image Credits: Held Android Phone by Twin Design via Shutterstock, Smartwatch by LDprod via Shutterstock, Pile of Android Phones by Maxx-Studio via Shutterstock

  1. Leah
    December 19, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Android > Apple

  2. Zhong Jiang
    November 20, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Isn't Android not as stable as iOS, since my phone crashes sometimes.

    • Slashee the Cow
      November 24, 2015 at 11:45 am

      My iPad crashes plenty more than any Android phone I've ever had.

    • Joel Lee
      November 25, 2015 at 3:09 am

      Do you mean individual apps or the Android OS itself? I've had some apps crash on me, but I haven't had Android itself crash on me in the past few years.

  3. hildyblog
    November 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    While you mention the variety of phones, you should also mention the variety of prices. From under $50 to several thousand dollars, there's a phone for any budget.

    • Joel Lee
      November 25, 2015 at 3:08 am

      Excellent point. There's an Android for everyone!

  4. Colonel Angus
    November 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    On thing about Android that many people might not be aware of is the fact that Google has chosen to make it open source.

    • Joel Lee
      November 25, 2015 at 3:07 am

      Good point! We take that for granted these days but it was definitely big news back then.

  5. Davin Peterson
    November 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Android has had NFC for years and Google Wallet long before Apple pay.

    • Joel Lee
      November 25, 2015 at 3:07 am

      I wasn't aware as I don't really use those payment mechanisms, but good to know! Thanks for sharing, Davin.

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