Variants of Android are also used on game consoles, digital cameras, PCs and other electronics.
Initially developed by Android Inc., which Google bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007, with the first commercial Android device launched in September 2008.
As of May 2017 The company then decided that the market for cameras was not large enough for its goals, and by five months later it had diverted its efforts and was pitching Android as a handset operating system that would rival Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile.
Rubin had difficulty attracting investors early on, and Android was facing eviction from its office space.
In 2010, Google launched its Nexus series of devices, a lineup in which Google partnered with different device manufacturers to produce new devices and introduce new Android versions.Steve Perlman, a close friend of Rubin, brought him ,000 in cash in an envelope, and shortly thereafter wired an undisclosed amount as seed funding.Perlman refused a stake in the company, and has stated "I did it because I believed in the thing, and I wanted to help Andy." At Google, the team led by Rubin developed a mobile device platform powered by the Linux kernel.Google later changed its Android specification documents to state that "Touchscreens will be supported", although "the Product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption, therefore a touchscreen cannot completely replace physical buttons".By 2008, both Nokia and Black Berry announced touch-based smartphones to rival the i Phone 3G, and Android's focus eventually switched to just touchscreens.