Overview

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Status
Acquired by on August 16, 2005
Headquarters:
Palo Alto, California
Description:
Android provides an open-source mobile software platform that allows developers to create applications for mobile devices.
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Categories:
Search Engine, Linux, Mobile
Website:
http://www.android.com
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Company Details

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Founded:
October 1, 2003
Employees:
None found in Crunchbase

In August 2005, Google acquired Android, a small startup company based in Palo Alto, CA. Android's co-founders who went to work at Google included Andy Rubin (co-founder of Danger), Rich Miner (co-founder of Wildfire), Nick Sears (once VP at T-Mobile), and Chris White (one of the first engineers at WebTV). At the time, little was known about the functions of Android other than they made software for mobile phones. This began rumors that Google was planning to enter the mobile phone market, although it was unclear at the time what function they might perform in that market.

Android has a large community of developers writing applications ("apps") that extend the functionality of the devices. There are currently over 200,000 apps available for Android. Android Market is the online app store run by Google, though apps can also be downloaded from third-party sites. Developers write primarily in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries.

The unveiling of the Android distribution on 5 November 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 80 hardware, software, and telecom companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software and open source license.

The Android open-source software stack consists of Java applications running on a Java-based, object-oriented application framework on top of Java core libraries running on a Dalvik virtual machine featuring JIT compilation. Libraries written in C include the surface manager, OpenCore media framework, SQLite relational database management system, OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics API, WebKit layout engine, SGL graphics engine, SSL, and Bionic libc. The Android operating system, including the Linux kernel, consists of roughly 12 million lines of code including 3 million lines of XML, 2.8 million lines of C, 2.1 million lines of Java, and 1.75 million lines of C++.

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  • Idea Apps, Inc. is a Texas corporation doing business as IdeaApps2Cash.com. Simply put, Marie Ysais and I established Idea Apps to fight

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    156 University Ave

    Palo Alto, California 94301-1631

    United States

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Mobile World Congress 2017

February 27, 2017 - March 02, 2017

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

This will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead.

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