Google celebrates the 15th anniversary of Android, counting from the day the T-Mobile G1, the first Android hardware, was released. Despite the absence of any special events, it serves as a reminder of the early days of the Android team, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes.
The tradition of building Android sculptures at Google headquarters has been maintained throughout the various generations. However, it encountered a problem at one point – the space was full, and there was no room for more. Eventually, they found a solution by relocating to a larger area.
When preparing to release Android K, the marketing team reached out to KitKat, the parent company, to propose a joint marketing campaign. As a result, the partnership materialized and led to the release of the Android KitKat, which was sold globally.
Android O, or Oreo, was unveiled on the same day as a solar eclipse in the United States, coinciding with the appearance of an Oreo cookie. The launching event took place in New York City, showcasing the Android Oreo sculpture during the solar eclipse.
Other names considered for Android Studio at that time included Android Coding Environment (ACE), Android Developer Environment (ADE), Android Omicron, and Android Maker.
A global issue arose in Android 8 with emoji cheeseburgers being placed incorrectly underneath the patty instead of on top. This problem caught the attention of Sundar Pichai, the CEO, and was addressed in the subsequent version, Android 8.1.
TLDR: Google celebrates 15 years of Android, showcasing the evolution of the operating system. From cramped quarters to global marketing collaborations, Android has come a long way. The release of Android Oreo coincided with a solar eclipse and introduced improvements, including the correction of emoji placement.