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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: 5498; 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: 5993; 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: 226; 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: 164; 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: 451; 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: 313; 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: 10457; 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: 301; 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: 12314; 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: 301; 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: 12314; 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: 301; 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: 359; 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: 4565; 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: 4565; 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: 301; 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 :)

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