In the final part of our 8-part Android of History series (for now), we see how Google transformed into Alphabet, Android pushed forth mobile photography, and how a flurry of upstarts changed the game in the mid-range.
- Early days
- Making it big
- Samsung rises
- Jelly Bean Era
- Coming soon
As we conclude our Android History series, we look back on the past twelve months -- a time of big changes for Google and the smartphone industry, as we set the stage for the Android of 2016.
The first age of Android saw Google's OS attain popularity on smartphones in its early days. The second age took that approach to the next level, with a coherent design language and a move into tablets. Now, as we approach the end of 2015, it is the dawn of the third age of Android.
In the final installment of our Android History series -- for now -- we'll dive deep into Android's third age. As smartphone hardware starts to plateau, we'll see how important new mid-range devices stole the show, and how Android cameras at the high end proved the potential of mobile photography. And in a transformative year for Google, we'll look at the company's journey towards being a mobile operator with Project Fi, as well as its re-organization under the "Alphabet" conglomerate and new Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Read on to find out where it's all headed...