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8 years of Android history at a glance in this infographic

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8 years of Android history at a glance in this infographic
8 years of Android history at a glance in this infographic
Nearly 8 years have passed since the inception of the Android idea, 6 since Google took over it and less than four since the first beta SDK was published, and now we're looking at a huge platform with galloping growth of more than 550,000 devices activated each day and over 250,000 apps on the Android Market. 

But it has passed through numerous stages, starting with the T-Mobile G1, also known as the HTC Dream, a device we probably all remember with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Android was at version 1.0, but it already had been integrated with Google Services and featured multitasking, something that even contemporary platforms like Windows Phone don't yet have.

Then the Linux-based platform got sweeter with 1.5 Cupcake enhancing some camera features among others, 1.6 Donut bringing CDMA support and 2.0 Eclair with improved mail support and browser UI. It's all part of the history, but also – part of a creative infographic which you can later use to tell the Android Story to your grandchildren. No excuse to skip that, right?

source: xCubelabs via Mashable

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posted on 27 Jul 2011, 03:21 3

1. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Ready this made me hungry!

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 03:44 9

2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


8 years and yet Android is still sloppily done lol. You'd think Android would be vastly improved by now.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 03:57 19

4. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


ios is still the same boring sh1t with some features added every year.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 05:51 12

8. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1812; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


That's true, that's why I'm gonna try a android phone

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 10:29 9

14. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


iOS's vast improvements over the years

MMS
Cut n paste
3g
fake multitasking
...
things android did from the start.. and real multitasking and a dozen other things.

oh, and then there is iOS5 that is nothing but a giant android rip off.

Yup, apple's where its at.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:34 1

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


but iOs is reliable so no need for crappy updates every here and there... Android should just take their time to release good updates.. no need to relase updates every 2-4 months...it shows that at least in my mind they rush things out.. at this rate android will run out fo letter by 2013....

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:05 1

28. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Exactly, couldn't have said it any better.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:07

29. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple releases regular updates as well.. especially after a major iOS update. There are all sorts of bugs in ANY software when its released to a wide audience

Android is updated every 6 to 8 months because it incorperates MAJOR features into each update. They are not simply bug fixes. That is why Android is so far ahead of iOS when it comes to new features and integrations.

When android is released it is stable Any instability comes from manufacturers adding their half baked overlays on top of android.

In fact, google releases way fewer "patches" between updates than iOS does.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:08 1

30. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


"iOS's vast improvements over the years

MMS
Cut n paste
3g
fake multitasking"

MMS, sure. But everything else was half baked and poorly done in Android. Apple just came out with copy and paste last year, Android has always had it, but it plain out sucks. Apple's version is 100x better, so I rather wait for Apple to release their's and have it work than get a half done effort with Android. And multitasking is so overrated, it does nothing but boggle down your memory and slows your phone down. And by the time the second iPhone came out, 3G was in its infancy.

"things android did from the start.. and real multitasking and a dozen other things."

Being able to do them is one thing, being able to do them effortlessly and not sloppily is another thing. Look at Androids new copy and paste system, lol direct copy of Apple.

"oh, and then there is iOS5 that is nothing but a giant android rip off.

Yup, apple's where its at."

Oh yes, because Android hasn't ripped off Apple before. /sarcasm

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:04 1

27. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yes, try an Android phone that'll become obsolete within a year because manufacturers are greedy bastards who want you to shell out money for a higher end device.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:03 1

26. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Boring lol? Boring that it constantly outsells Android despite being on a few devices? Boring despite it having infinitely better battery life? Boring despite having a better interface, less to no bugs, and updates to older models?

Yeah, keep spouting the bs.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:24 6

10. wtf (unregistered)


You would think that M$FT would get their OS perfected with 25+ years, but the truth is that Android as well as M$FT target different manufacturers with different hardware configurations and both still do a very good job.

iOS targets only specific hardware and it is easier to tweak and "improve" stability in a such controlled environment .
If iOS was anything like Window$ or Android, I'm SURE it would show how many flaws it has as well.

You boys from Cupertino camp fail at common sense and reasoning when it comes to this idiotic trolling day in and day out.
I mean, it is just a matter of time when you all will start measuring your d1ck$ with your iDroids and saying "look, mine is bigger than yours" or "look it's in 3D".

A-fuc**n-mazing...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:46

18. Whateverman (Posts: 3192; Member since: 17 May 2009)


@ Miz. You think we can't put an end to this whole Android/iOS war? Friendly debate is one thing, but when we antagonize each other like this, the debate always turns ugly. Do you think we can squash this beef...no antagonizing, no name calling or insults?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:49 1

24. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


@ whateverman why do u try to talk to this guy..everytime u try to be nice to him he just talks more crap forgot about him.let him do him..and u do u cause we both know who the os king is without a doubt

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:00

33. Whateverman (Posts: 3192; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Lol. I get what your saying, really. But I remember a time on PA when people would disagree without the all the name calling and nastiness. I'd really like to see that again. So, I don't mind extending the olive branch to see if we can get back to that. We'll see how the iOS fans feel about it and go from there.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 03:45

41. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yeah right, Android has a loooong way to go before it can ever be called a king. More like pawn. I mean, 8 ****ing years, and yet they still can not iron out all of the bugs in Android? I mean chrissake, these guys are supposed to be smart.

But I am giving google way too much credit.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 03:43 1

40. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I don't insult anyone, most of the time it's on the Android guys who goes around and insults people, like Sniggy for example. And if Android fans would stop trolling Apple articles, then perhaps Apple fans won't bash Android in its articles.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 03:52 13

3. Alexxxr (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


4 years and yet iOS still has no flash support...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:40 3

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


and still is one of the best selling phones out there.. hmmm flash who ?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:18

34. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


Yeah because it's easy to use, it's for simpletons like you,simple phone for simple people the fact is androids can do everything your phone does and more, and on top of it faster and better what do you have to say about that, that's right nothing.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:31

35. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


yes but with that speed comes the glitches.. the phone lagging... the force closing .. flash is not a big deal for people as we have seen... if it was it wouldnt have sell as much... some people want speed and more specs.. and some want stability... is about choices... some people like a luxury car.. and some people would want a gas saving car... is about options and choice... thank you mrheat fan.. and good like on the your nba team...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 17:17

37. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


Ok maybe I was a bit harsh on you gallitoking your not one of those assholes like taco and Gemini you have a right to your opinion and I respect that.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 03:45

42. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Winsauce

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:52

39. stealthd (Posts: 948; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


With how many sites have switched to using H.264, flash has become almost completely unnecessary. I don't think everyone understands that flash is an app platform, not just a video player, and considering how much of a battery killer it is, you don't want people developing for flash, you want people developing native apps or HTML5.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 03:46

43. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


And yet flash is horrible, it's slow, it's buggy, and it crashes. I rather have no flash plus if I needed to look at a site with flash on it, I rather do it on my computer.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 04:26 6

5. alexrhcp (unregistered)


we do not need flash support because IOS is perfect just like it is :)))

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 04:53 6

6. Arman9953 (unregistered)


yes your right ios is the perfect s**t!!!!!
Android is the future.
i have a SGS2 and a iphone 4 .i hate my iphone because it has so much bugs for example the youtube app.
i cant watch a video without a reboot or 10-20 bugs.
on my SGS2 is erverything perfect and nice.

GO ANDROID WE WILL SEE 16 YEARS

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:45

38. stealthd (Posts: 948; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


So basically you don't have iPhone.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 05:29 2

7. mio15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


3 Years... and the HTC Dream ist still a very nice device. (besides CPU Speed or massive Camera sensors)

I´m glad, that my Dev Phone I is still operating and in a good condition.
Even if it has been replaced by a Nexus One.

Android is a very nice OS, but it is hilarious to see how some Companys manage it to screw things up all the time with their overlays.

And to everyone arguing about iOS / Anrdoid:
Both factions made good and major improvements to their OS year for year. sometimes more, sometimes less.

let people deside their on favourite!

greetz

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:04 2

9. ChiquiKon (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


Stay tuned to see how many iPhone users cross lines and turn into Android users when The Beast becomes unleashed!
PS-I know a few

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 06:49 4

11. The hulk357 (unregistered)


Androids has not change much. The same os for over three years. Your have to replace an android device every 8 months. Androids phone has over a forty percent return rate.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:16

16. webOSdev2.0 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Are you F-ing retarded, I've had my Cliq since the original release date got updated to Eclair, rooted the bugger and still using it nearly 2years later so that 8month s**te ain't flying with me

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:23 1

17. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


its true. 8 months is giving it more credit than it deserves.

just talk to any owner of a motorola droid 2 lol.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:43

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


@ webOSdev2.0.. calm down dude is 40% return rate .. not 100%.. so yuo are part of the 60% satisfied.. now sit down and wash you potty mouth sir.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:55

25. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


here are the links.. courtesy of ( ironically ) Google
http://www.mobiledia.com/news/99941.html

http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/07/26/android.device.returns.may.be.very.high/

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 09:16 2

12. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Hmm. You type like the Hulk, but i don't recall bruce banner lying through his teeth like that.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 09:27

13. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Whatever happened to 2.1 being Eclair?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 12:27 2

15. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


the best is yet to come.... not bad little green robot not bad at all

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:03

19. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


hulk dont know the hell is is talking about ..i had my moment for almost 2 years dumb azz..show me your facts before u say something like that

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:47

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the only fact here is that you have a outdated 2 year old phone.... and probably not having or will not have GIngy... so just upgrade your outdated phone.. and enjoy gingerbread...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:39

31. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


@gallitoking as long as my phone works im happy. it didnt matter what os of android i am using i will get the photon when it comes out this week.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:39

36. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


good choice... and good luck sir... the Photon is an amazing phone... backed by the quality of Motorola.... I have the DX.. take care...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:50

32. frustyak (Posts: 148; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


Must every article about Android or iOS erupt in a flame war/food fight/spitting contest between the Android Fanboys and the iOS fanboys?

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