It is hard to imagine the smartphone space without Android right now,
but as per Android Inc. co-founder Andy Rubin, the operating system was
originally built for cameras.
While speaking at Japan New Economic
Summit in Tokyo, Rubin said "The exact same platform, the exact same
operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for
cellphones." According to PC World, Rubin even disclosed slides that he
had used to pitch to investors way back in April 2004, when the now
widely popular mobile OS was under development.
However, he states
that the plan was dropped because they felt that there was not enough
potential in the digital camera market. "We decided digital cameras
wasn't actually a big enough market. I was worried about Microsoft and I
was worried about Symbian, I wasn't worried about iPhone yet."
Rubin also explained their thinking behind keeping the operating system
free of cost. He says, "We wanted as many cellphones to use Android as
possible. So instead of charging $99, or $59, or $69, to Android, we
gave it away for free, because we knew the industry was price
Android was acquired by Google in 2005. It is now the
world's leading mobile phone OS, with more than 750 million mobile
devices featuring Android in use across the world. According to Eric
Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, in the coming six to nine months
there will be more than a billion smartphones using Android operating
last month, Andy Rubin stepped down as the executive in charge of
Google's Android operating system for smartphones and tablet computers,
after being associated with the company for seven years. He has been
replaced by Sundar Pichai, who is also in charge of the Google's Chrome
Web browser and operating system for lightweight laptop computers.
Samsung and Nikon are offering smart cameras running on Android
operating system in the form of Samsung Galaxy Camera and Nikon Coolpix