A brief history of Android

How Android rose to prominence in the smartphone market

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Android didn’t really take off as a mobile device platform until Verizon announced it would support the Motorola [[xref:http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/110609-verizon-droid-buzz.html%20hits%20the%20big-time|Droid|Droid]] as the first Android-based device on its network. With its clever “Droid Does” advertising campaign and its slideout keyboard, Verizon and Google had a hit on their hands as the Droid went on to sell more than 1 million units and become Android’s flagship device. Indeed, the “Droid” brand has become so strong that Verizon is using it to brand several other Android-based devices on its network including the HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola Droid X.

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