Android turns five: A look back

With the fifth anniversary of the Google Android operating system’s release quickly approaching, we look back on the platform’s rise from also-ran to market leader.
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Our little Android, all grown up

As of Nov. 5, it will have been five years since Google announced the Open Handset Alliance, declaring its intention to help create open standards for mobile communication and unveiling Android – a Linux-based platform for use on smartphones. Here’s a brief retrospective on the evolution of Google’s wildly popular mobile OS.

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