A brief history of Android

How Android rose to prominence in the smartphone market

Android didn’t really take off as a mobile device platform until Verizon announced it would support the Motorola 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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