Now Playing: Watch this: 5 new features on Android O 3:22 In 2006, Andy Rubin — who created Google’s Android software — showed an early demo of his mobile operating system to Hiroshi Lockheimer, then a 31-year-old college dropout he hoped to hire at Google. It was two years before Android’s official debut, and that first demo was crude.It was on a candybar of a phone, the HTC Tornado, with a small screen and a physical keypad. “It didn’t look anything like Android does today,” Lockheimer, now Android’s chief, tells me in a conference room with a glass wall overlooking Google’s campus in Mountain View, California. “It was nowhere near [version] 1.0 … but it just felt so tantalizing.” Android has since become the most popular mobile OS on the planet. On Wednesday, at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the company announced Android now runs on 2 billion devices, up from 1.4 billion in 2015. (By comparison, Apple’s iOS software runs on nearly 1.7 billion iPhones and iPads.)Android isn’t just on phones. It’s also in cars, watches, TVs and, in the age of internet-connected everything, random devices like security cameras, fridges and routers. That’s why Google is touting new figures… Read full this story
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