ANDROID Many people don't know it, but Android wasn't born on Google's premises...
An operating system for cameras
In an interview published on PC News, Andy Rubin, the brains behind the Android operating system, explains that the OS was originally intended for digital cameras. The co-founder of Android pitched the idea of a platform that would allow various camera manufacturers to store their photos in the cloud for several months. The concept did not seduce. Andy Rubin then decided to transform his OS to adapt it to smartphones.
Saved by a friend
In the months that followed, the young startup went through an ordeal. Running out of cash in 2004, Andy Rubin makes an urgent call to one of his friends, Steve Perlman, and asks him to invest in his company. Perlman then goes to the bank and takes 10,000 dollars out of his account, which he immediately gives to Andy Rubin. A derisory amount for a start-up, which however saves the project from sinking because it is thanks to this investment by a friend that Rubin will get other funding later, which will allow his company to survive until the takeover by Google.
Android was born at Apple
Andy Rubin started his career at Apple. He spent three long years there. According to The Verge, Andy's colleagues call him Android. They find it amusing that the man has a passion for robotics. Andy Rubin bought the Android.com domain name in the process and made it his personal blog. The site will remain his blog until 2008, before turning into an official site for his OS.
Bought for a pittance
The first years of Android are very difficult. The young start-up struggles to sell its concept to partners. At the same time, Google is growing at this time. The Californian company is run by a trio of enthusiasts. Larry Page is interested in the operating system of the young start-up but his two colleagues don't understand his interest in mobile. Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, however, let Larry convince them to invest in the nascent ecosystem.
Paradoxically, Andy Rubin is no more excited than that by the idea of selling his baby to Google. On the one hand, because he doesn't like Google's corporate culture, its indefinite structure. On the other hand, because he doesn't share Google's very populist values at the time. His collection of luxury cars has hardly a place in Google's car parks. He knows, however, that his company will not survive for long without investment and Google represents a great opportunity to move his project forward. At the time, however, the acquisition went almost unnoticed. And with good reason, since it was one of the smallest takeovers in Silicon Valley, valued at just $50 million.
With Android, Google intends to offer an operating system that will bring together all the players in the market under the same banner. The Web giant wants to take over a sector that was previously controlled by telephone operators. And to succeed in its wager, it decides to make the OS free.
A logo that was born in Google's premises
Irina Blok is the artist behind the Android logo. The young woman will receive only one instruction during the initial pitch: the operating system logo must look like a robot. She then gets down to work and opts for a minimalist approach. She takes her inspiration from the logos representing a man and a woman that can be found on the toilet doors. Thus was born the little green robot of Android. And surprise, Google chooses not to legally protect its logo, which it considers as an open-source project. Since its creation, the Android logo has been modified tens of thousands of times.