Did you know that before Android became one of the world's most-used operating systems, it's creators struggled to get money from investors and were almost kicked out of their office? Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, Chris White built Android Inc. in Palo Alto, California in 2003 and developed an operating system for digital cameras, but ultimately decided their product should be placed in a handset and will compete against Symbian and Windows Mobile. Rubin's early searches for investors in 2004 did not bring enough money and the company was in danger of being evicted from their office, but Rubin's friend, the technology expert Steven Perlman, saw potential and gave more than $10,000 as a donation to the project. In 2005, Rubin found the investor he was looking for in Google, which was fresh from its initial public offering in 2004 and was looking to use its new capital to keep expanding its businesses.
Google acquired Android Inc. for a whopping $50million and the pair launched a handset with a Linux operating system but did bring it into production. In 2008, as a response to Apple's iPhone release, Google partnered with HTC to create the T-Mobile G1, the first handset with an Android operating system. When touchscreen smartphones became the norm, Google partnered with major mobile phone producers to create handsets with an Android operating system, leading to Google and Android's dominance in the market, as seen in a report that showed almost 86& of phones sold in the first quarter of 2018 had Android as the operating system.
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