It's always been like this: You hope to do something great or at least have an imagination going on about that one big goal of your life. Now, you start taking a small step and leave all you have done till now at your back, you work!! you keep doing !! and.. eventually sometime later you see that all you have thought of is not working .. but still... Somewhere you have that hope, you are pulled down, you get up and work, again you are grabbed by some unknown hand and pulled down again; and the time when you see all is over a 'Magic' happens; a 'help'!! and.. then you come to know that it has just actually started now!!
Some of the biggest players in our beloved tech industry have a somewhat similar story, and one of those players is Android!
"Even when things get really bad, you never really give up" - Andy Rubin - Father of Android
Back in 2004, there was a time when one of the brightest minds of silicon valley named Andy Rubin was struggling to make ends meet, which is when his friend, Steve Perlman, decided to help him by investing in his project.
"I did it because I believed in the thing, and I wanted to help Andy," Perlman (Source: Business Insider)
Time went through and this 'Open source' idea grew from a small project to the world's most widely used Operating system.
And now, according to Strategy Analytics, in 2016, Android showed a shipment of 328 million Android device worldwide, grabbing a market share of 88% of the global market - That's nothing short of magical!!
Android not only became widely accepted, but it also brought the smartphone experience to the hands of the lowest of classes with aggressively priced devices. The Operating System has grown and has even prospered in price-sensitive markets like India, where 97% of smartphone users have Android devices, and even in countries across Africa and the Middle East.
That fact that it is an open source platform has also been a huge factor in its immeasurable growth.
People who are “moving from declining platforms are mostly moving towards Android,” says Neil Mawston, executive director of Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) at Strategy Analytics. “Android had less than 5% of the market worldwide back in 2010. It has just grown relentlessly.”
"There are now 2 billion monthly active Android devices globally," he wrote. "This is an extraordinarily humbling milestone — and it’s the largest reach of any computing platform of its kind."
I am not an iOS or Windows hater, but it's just the limitless possibilities the Android provides, which makes it irresistible. I can see us moving quickly towards the future and being a Millenial, I can proudly say that I've seen the world move from radios to the smartest of smart Devices now making up the majority of my life.
And, this my friends, is just the beginning!