As the global smartphone market now stands, 70% of all devices are powered by Android OS. Samsung is one of the leading manufacturers, holding some 30% share of the entire market, courtesy of its hugely successful Android smartphones. Andy Rubin, who recently stepped down as Android Chief at Google, has revealed that when he and his colleagues were initially developing Android, they were only doing it for cameras. Smartphones were not on their mind at all. This was back in 2004, a year before the company was acquired by Google, the move paid off for both of them as Android grew to become a household name and a cash cow for the internet search giant.

Andy said that they decided that the digital camera market wasn’t big enough, so the exact same platform that they built for cameras became Android for cell phones. He adds that at the time he was only worried about Microsoft and Symbian, both would prove to be tough competition. Andy didn’t need to worry about the iPhone back then, since the first one didn’t make an appearance till 2007. Fast forward some eight years and now you have cameras running Android OS. Its literally everywhere, and rightly so, millions of people around the world absolutely love it.

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