Android Birthday

According to the Google Store, it’s Android’s Birthday and they have kicked off the celebrations with a few Marshmallow themed wallpapers to adorn your favourite Android Devices. The celebration of birthdays is one of the great cross-cultural similarities on our planet. Traditionally we celebrate birthdays on the day of one’s birth, but when was Android born?

Android was originally founded in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. It operated mostly in stealth mode “making software for mobile phones” up until it was bought by Google in July 2005. On November 5th 2007 Google announced the Open Handset Alliance and the formal introduction of Android as “the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices”. Just a few days later, on 12th November 2007 the Android Developers Blog made its inaugural post announcing “This is the droid you’re looking for”, and within was an early look at the Android SDK. Almost one year later on 23rd September 2008 Google released the Android 1.0 SDK to the world and the dream that was Android took another step into the mainstream. The rest, as they say, is history.

From this soup of dates – and there are many more milestones we have left out – you can see it could be difficult to choose a birthday for Android, and it seems that the Google Store is going with the 23rd of September this year. Either way, we wanted to wish our jolly green robotic friend a very happy birthday, and we thought how better than to have a look at how he has grown over the years.

If you want to try out the new Marshmallow themed wallpapers then either give these a go or follow the link back to the source.

When do you celebrate Androids birthday? Let us know below.

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Level380 is correct, it was originally more to do with smart cameras rather than smartphones. I have been fond of Android since the boys who originally created it did so, and it was Android Inc. So yes, I do wish Android a happy birthday and hope it goes from strength to strength. I hope it does so well that hopefully in the future, it can somehow pull free of Google, and be an entity in it’s own right again.


Someone needs a history lessons… Android wasn’t in stealth mode making software for mobile phones, it started of making a OS for CAMERAS, but when that wasn’t going to fly, it moved to the mobile market. Then google snapped them up. Long live the camera OS!