Knowledge Identifier: $Android
Category: Technology (10)
Launched in 2005.
Countries: (50%), United States (38%), Republic of Korea (4%)
Linked to: Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple Inc.
& Google acquired Android Inc. on August 17, 2005, making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Google
Speculation about Google's intention to enter the mobile communications market continued to build through December 2006
In 2010, Google released a tool for validating authorised purchases for use within apps, but developers complained that this was insufficient and trivial to crack
Due to the lack of Android tablet-specific apps in 2011, early Android tablets had to make do with existing smartphone apps that were ill-suited to larger screen sizes, whereas the dominance of Apple's iPad was reinforced by the large number of tablet-specific iOS apps
Android version 4,2 "Jelly Bean" was released in 2012 with enhanced security features, including a malware scanner built into the system, which works in combination with Google Play but can scan apps installed from third party sources as well, and an alert system which notifies the user when an app tries to send a premium-rate text message, blocking the message unless the user explicitly authorises it
Wiko - Wiko launches Wiki Sunset, an Android $Smartphone in 2014.