Hi, Android! Sorry your present is a little late, it took a while to wrap it. Five years ago yesterday, Google's then-CEO Eric Schmidt joined other members of the newly-formed Open Handset Alliance to announce the Android operating system. Back then, we were still nearly a year away from an actual Gphone (and yes, people really called it that) and Sprint and T-Mobile were the only US carriers even interested. Now, Android is installed on over 400 million devices, nearly every carrier in the world wants a piece of the action, and the platform as a whole is the single largest mobile OS ever.
Last week, Amazon started a promotion to celebrate the Appstore's first birthday. One week and 28 apps later, that sale is coming to a close - but you still have a chance to grab some decent apps at a discounted price.
Here's a look at all of the deals Amazon is currently offering as part of this promotion:
- Plants vs. Zombies | Kindle Fire Edition ($0.99)
- iStunt 2 ($0.49)
- The Lost City ($0.99)
- Sketchbook Mobile ($0.99)
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff - Dr. Suess ($1.49)
- Read It Later Pro ($0.99)
- TuneIn Radio Pro ($0.49)
- The Moron Test 2 ($0.49)
- Splashtop Remote Desktop ($1.99)
- AccuWeather Platinum ($0.99)
- Drawing Pad ($0.99)
- TripIt - Travel App ($1.99)
- Tetris ($0.99)
- Doodle Jump | Kindle Fire Edition ($0.49)
- Monopoly ($1.99)
- Where's My Water?
Guess who's turning one? The Amazon Appstore! It seems like just yesterday that it was a freshly-hatched Appstore trying to find its place in a mobile-filled world. Over the past year, the Appstore has grown from just 3,800 initial apps to nearly ten-times that amount today (31,000). They grow up so fast!
In celebration of this noteworthy occasion, mamma Amazon is having a small party of sorts - an app sale party, to be exact. Over the next
four days seven days, ten 28 of the most popular apps will go on sale a few at a time, starting today with Plants vs.
Exactly 3 years ago, on November 5th, 2007, Google, along with its partners, publicly announced 2 very important things: the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and Android. Up until that pivotal moment, the media speculated on the existence of a mysterious gPhone and not many were prepared for something that turned out to be much-much bigger.
Brief Android History
I know that there is some confusion around Android related dates, so let me explain, in my favorite bullet point style: