In Pictures: Linux for mobile. A visual history

A look through the history of Linux-based mobile platforms.

Android October 2008 - Android was born (and this is what it looked like back then). It is now the most dominant mobile platform on the planet – accounting for over 70% of all smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2013. From zero to 70% in less than five years is not too shabby. Of course, you could make a good case that Android isn't really Linux. Sure, it uses the Linux kernel, but Android is more of a custom Java-based environment with very few similarities to other Linux desktop and mobile distributions. That said... we'll still count it as a win.

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