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Happy Fourth Birthday, Android

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Happy Fourth Birthday, Android
It is hard to believe, but today is Android's fourth birthday. It was on this date in 2008 when the Android Developers Blog announced that Android 1.0 SDK release 1 was available. At the time, there was also excitement about the upcoming release of  the T-Mobile G1. The Apple iPhone 3G was just a little more than 2 months old and most of its competition was coming from featurephones like the LG Dare and the Samsung Instinct. A month after the release of Android 1.0 SDK, the T-Mobile G1 was launched. Android co-founder Andy Rubin later would say that Android 1.0 was more like .8 and that it had been rushed out for the Christmas season.

First Android handset, the T-Mobile G1

First Android handset, the T-Mobile G1

The launch of the T-Mobile G1 wasn't perfect. There was no virtual QWERTY or video player and the camera could not capture video. Android 1.5, aka Cupcake, was delayed but eventually enhanced the functionality of the phone. As we're often fond of saying, it was the release of Android 2.0 that really started the Android phenomena. That build of the open source OS was originally found on the Motorola DROID which was the first smartphone that could compete with the Apple iPhone.

We are now up to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Android phones controlled 68% of the global smartphone market in the second quarter of the year, according to IDC. One model, the Samsung Galaxy S III sold more than 20 million units in 100 days. Four years ago today, that would be all in the future. Ironically, back in 2010 when Symbian was the top Global smartphone OS, IDC predicted that Android could be on 68 million smartphones by 2013, good enough for second place to Symbian. The latest figures show 480 million Android handsets in use with 1.3 million Android devices getting activated daily.

Happy Birthday, Android!

source: AndroidDeveloperBlog (from 9/23/08), YouTube, RegHardware via Engadget

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posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:33 42

1. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Happy birthday! Now about that cake....

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:51 16

5. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


the cake is a lie !

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:51 11

14. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Lie is a cake...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:52 15

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Now about the new Nexus smartphones...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:07 10

16. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Now about that snapdragon S5...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:15 9

65. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


We thanks Android for the totall freedom, unlike other OSes.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:36 5

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Love the quote from IDC about Android's future footprint. I can't remember when any of these 'consultants' have got a prediction correct. It amazes me the amount of coin that clients pay for the 'forecasts' that IDC and company produce.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:39 15

3. YasasT (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


happy bday android!! you are definitely the most feature rich mobile platform ever. period.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:42 13

4. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Happy Birthday and congrats to everyone involved in this project! Looking forward to the future.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:52 7

6. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


google should make all apps for free for the birth day

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:57 20

7. GoBears (Posts: 384; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Happy Birthday Android! Thanks for giving us the choices that you do!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:00 4

8. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


YYYEEEEAAAAHHHH

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:04 5

9. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Happy Birthday Android!
Keep up the good work!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:21 15

10. shy2papa (Posts: 211; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Happy birthday to the most powerful OS of all time, Android we love you more and more.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:41 2

11. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I thought android os was invented before then?!? But who cares, right? Anyways... HAPPY B-day ANDroid!!!!! We

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:43

12. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Android is on the right track but needs a quick update to all Android devices like iOS.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:42 8

39. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I knew I was going to find someone like you here.

Its cool that Apple updates their phones on a timely manner. But guess what? The updates don't mean s**t if the user can't use any of the features that they're suppose to use. iOS 6 + 3GS = Brick. Useless.

Have fun navigating on that half assed Map app on that 4S and 5 only.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:27 2

73. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


if it ain't broke don't upgrade is what is a common adage. I am still running XP and i don't feel crippled in any manner ... If it's a critical bug or a security update then yes else updates for me really don't matter.

I did not find anything visibly better (at micro level it could be) after upgradinmg Sony Xperia P from GB to ICS except for the stanbdby batter life.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:47 4

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Happy birthday to consumer choice and freedom in the mobile consumer electronics market!!

Freedom is anything but free these days.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:10

17. Mozarrt (Posts: 297; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Happy Birthday,

Hopefully you will go the way of the Dodo soon.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:50

24. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not likely, with 68% worldwide market share, and growing. Every second of every day, 15 new Android devices are activated.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:13 1

30. Mozarrt (Posts: 297; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Symbian used to be top dog, look at them now, this could be the reality for Android.

I can actually see more manufacturers trying a new OS because of the monopoly (on profit) by Samsung. LG and Sony keep on trying and they are failing year after year. HTC is seeing Windows Phone 8 as an alternative. I think this golden age of Android is soon to be at an end.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:20

32. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I didn't say not possible. I said not likely, especially in the near term.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:25

33. Mozarrt (Posts: 297; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I agree with you on this. I do believe Android's share on the short term on tablets will decline rapidly with the introduction of Windows 8 RT.

They were never really strong anyway, only an Android Fake (Amazon) seems to have succes in the tablet market.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:13 1

68. VJo003 (Posts: 339; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Don't know what ur smoking... But I would like to have some of that tonite....

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:31 1

35. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


What about apple? They control the hardware and software of their products, yet their latest creation is a very sub-par experience.

I love Android obviously, but if something comes along that can blow the doors off of it...then I want to know about it.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:41

38. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


We call this marketing. The reason Samsung has done so well is because they aren't afraid to spend a few dollars to let the world know that their products exist.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:03

28. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And you'r iOs will take another 4 years to become mature.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:13

31. Mozarrt (Posts: 297; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I've never used iOS on a phone.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:30

74. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


iOS will be in a perpetual mode of chasing it's own shadow forever ... that's the main reason why they are on a suing spree :)

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:53

42. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Hopefully? Why? Got something against innovation? Like to be led do you?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:22 1

18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


The IDC prediction from 2010..wow. Just wow

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:48 3

23. Luuthian (Posts: 219; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


How about a new Nexus announcement hmm?

Actually, come to think of it, there have been zero rumors surrounding a Nexus device this year. Yeah we got a potential Galaxy nexus 2 blurb and something about Sony or LG joining in, but aside from that?... Nothing. We had TONS of iphone 5 stuff and plenty of Galaxy Nexus leaks and news. What the heck is going on this year? Are they passing this year by?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:06

29. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm also interested in this question.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:51

41. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Guess you missed the news that the next Nexus device might come from multiple OEM's next time around.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:54 1

43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No he don't.

"...Galaxy nexus 2 blurb and something about Sony or LG joining in..."

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 18:27

46. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Fair enough. Guess I was focused on his 'zero rumors this year' comment that he included in his contradiction.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:53 1

59. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm scared about the fact that there may NOT be a Nexus this year... Maybe Google is just really keeping it under wraps, unlike a lot of people whose entire spec count gets released to the public 5 months before the announcement.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:07

63. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I'm looking forward to it, but for sure it will be let down by specs! Hope, wish it's from SONY.....!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:10

78. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


How would it be let down by specs? The Nexus has always set the standard for that generation of high-end Androids. The only thing better than the Galaxy Nexus that was out was the GS2, and it wasn't too big of a gap.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:53 2

25. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Happy birthday Android

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:54 3

26. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It's more than a happy birthday. Android is celebrating kicking some pear cores in unit sells

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:25 6

34. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Look where Android is now after 4 years, and look where iphone is after 6 or 7 years. Google obviously cares more about what their customers are getting compared to apple.

Have a wonderful 4th birthday Android.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 17:55 4

44. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Thank you Android for letting us make choices not by force like iOS and for being YOU,Happy birthday

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:36 2

55. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


It's not by force bro. I am pretty sure people know by now that both OS are way different. Nobody forces someone to buy a phone, the consumer decides what he/she wants.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 18:04 1

45. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I hope the next junk food update will called PEANUT BUTTER :)

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 18:49 1

47. joey_sfb (Posts: 3221; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Android
Butter Cookie
Cupcake
Donut
Eclair
Froyo
Gingerbread
Honeycomb
Ice Cream Sandwich
Jellybean
Peanut Butter!!??

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:07

53. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Kandy Kane

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:35

54. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


remember their nuext project is project butter

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:41 3

57. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Dude seriously? Project butter is not a OS . Its in jellybean which helps android be more fluid etc...

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:11

64. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Are we not all awaiting for the JB4.1.2, this should be twice the fluidity of 4.1..... ?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 01:43 1

82. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, Project Butter was the codename for the triple buffering and other optimizations to ensure continued smoothness, and was a part of Jelly Bean. It's not next, it's already in there.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:38 1

56. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I don't know about you, but when I was in kindergarten I learned that K came after J lol Dumbass

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:27

72. Ragnarockd (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Next is Key Lime Pie

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 21:31 1

75. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


How about APPLE Jam :D

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 18:53

49. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Rumors that the next code name will be Hot Chocolate.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:55

60. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


H was already used...thus 'K' would be next - Krispy Kreme?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 18:50 1

48. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


happy birthday android! your UI is the best! the skinned UI is terrible! but still awesome to have you here! :P

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 18:54 1

50. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Maybe in 2018...lol. Maybe the inspector converted to ios6 and wound up marooned on an alien world for 6 years due to their 'it just work's mapping 'solution'.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 19:02 1

51. eman99 (Posts: 238; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


thanks for showing up android life is sweeter

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