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Infographic explores the history of Android

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Infographic explores the history of Android
If you don't remember Android updates like "Cupcake" and "Donut" and you have no recollection about the T-Mobile G1 (which was produced by HTC, not LG as stated in the graph), you might want to study the infographic below. Even if you know everything there is to know about what has become the world's most employed smartphone OS, you might want to take a look at the history of Android in this form.

The inforgraphic, which was produced by a U.K. gadgets retailer, takes a look at the highlights of each new build of Android, starting with version 1.5 Cupcake, to the recent Android 4.4 KitKat. There is also a look at the most popular free and paid apps for the platform.

If you want to study up on the history of Android, or merely confirm your present knowledge, you can click on the slideshow below.


source: UniversalGadgets

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:00 6

1. dragonisinogard (Posts: 34; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


That'd be nice if they got all of their facts correct the HTC Dream did not become the LG G1 it became the T-Mobile G1 I know because I had one and they even said so later so they messed up the beginning before they even got rolling wonderful.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:04 2

2. fouadqr (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Android without samsung is NOTHING

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:19 7

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Android without Samsung is still Android.
But I do agree that Samsung did contribute a lot into Android's quick ascension.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:24 11

7. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Verizon's Droid campaign opened the floodgates, SS rode the wave that was created.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:46 4

11. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thank you for actually remembering history.

Before the Droid line I dont think too many could name a Samsung Android phone.

Every Android phone after the Droid commercials were called a Droid phone. Android phones really didnt get their own identity until 2011, maybe late 2010. The HTC EVO was pretty popular in 2010....

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:33 1

25. Scott93274 (Posts: 1297; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


The Droid was my first smartphone and I remember having to correct people for a long time after that phone came out that Droid was a brand of phone, not the name of the OS. Every phone that came out people called Droids.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:21 4

5. Scott93274 (Posts: 1297; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm pretty sure that the majority of Android phone users who buy other brands like LG, Motorola, HTC, Sony will all disagree with you and say that they love the Android experience on their phone better than the one found on Samsung devices.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 13:36

35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


And the award for the most obvious statement of the year goes to...***drumroll***

Scott93274

Most of those folks clearly wouldn't be buying those devices from other companies if they didn't think so.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:42 1

9. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Android before the GS1 was Moto and HTC.

I dont see how Samsung makes or breaks Android. Samsung is the most popular now....but lets not forget that the Droid line put Android on the map and started the market share, popularity rise.

Name Android phones made in 2009, 2010....before the Galaxy S 1 launched.....lets see what companies, models get listed. And name them off the top of your head...not by researching.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:44 1

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3585; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Here comes a wp fangirl with her barbie doll talking bla bla bla.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:34 3

18. tttony (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)


Nope, Samsung without Android is nothing

Samsung has been successfull because they did something that EVERY company does: COPY

They step up quickly, they detected what "people" "wants"

If not were Samung it would be another company

So BRAND_HERE is nothing without Android

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:42

21. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


1000%!

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:01

29. Rager722 (Posts: 201; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Correction Samsung without Android is NOTHING!*

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:04

30. Samir_Maric (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


Hey u kidding.... Its actually Samsung is nothing without android....

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 04:15

33. d1zzyb0y (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)


maybe its the other way around, samsung rejected and laughed at android when it was offerd to them

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:12 4

3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1457; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I like how they're showing the WP interface on the iPhone. :P

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:25 3

8. Deaconclgi (Posts: 322; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes, very funny indeed! That is the new Nexus 5s with Rub ID on the home button and it runs WiOSdroid 5.0 Lik-a-stix.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:30

17. ihavenoname (Posts: 1499; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Rub ID... Lol

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:04 1

23. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


The true dream phone

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:23 2

6. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


G1 brings back the memories, loved that phone.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 12:56 1

12. QuadFace (Posts: 72; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Samsung took the opportunity right on time to show them how to do the business.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:03 1

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3585; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Aww that was a flawed infographic(oh wait its a slideshow).

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:19

14. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yup....been with Android since the very beginning. My Dream still works great :-)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:19 1

15. mayur007 (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


as u can see android is the king of the os

even ios and wp cant match it.. ( ios copied though )

but galaxy s gave the booster to android .. what i remember

and htc evo the first 4g phone .. i guess

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:29 2

16. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I remember those funny HTC evo vs iPhone YouTube videos

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:34

19. nicknack84 (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


HTC Hero for Sprint was my first android. That was a great phone.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 13:41

20. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Without the Galaxy line by Samsung android would have been not that popular by now, as a result of the S line series and Notes and also minis and midrangers with looks like flagships, other makers started coming up with flagship similar in size and specs, we may call it copying but it is what it is and here we are in 2014..

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:03 1

22. Deaconclgi (Posts: 322; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Remember when Samsung had a horrible reputation for smartphones...

http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/samsung-behold-ii-t/4505-6452_7-33775406.html#!

The reviews were mostly positive at the time but the software support was a mess.

Samsung (and Android) has come a looooonnnnnggggg way.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:07 1

24. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Must admit vent though i am a wp fan but android is the true king of OS's simply beautiful and the s2 i have says it all

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 14:44 1

26. skymitch89 (Posts: 1098; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Someone doesn't know their devices. The HTC Dream wasn't as also known as the LG G1 (which came out a few years later). The HTC Dream was known as the HTC G1 or T-Mobile G1.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 14:01

36. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


If you had read the article, you would have seen that they already mentioned that.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:03

27. Heatfan316 (Posts: 445; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Loved that phone and I wish I didn't sell it either, also just for the record cupcake STILL has more FEATURES than yet to be released iOS 7.1. Real sh!t:)

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 14:21

37. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That's simply just not true. iOS 7 made some serious strides. That being said, I would still take Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 over it. If we're talking about iOS 6, however, give me Froyo 2.2. Cupcake is just way too ancient though. Haha.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:46 1

28. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


People already corrected the "LG G1" mistake, but I must also point out that Android has almost a million apps now, not 500,000.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 21:09

31. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


4.5 please

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:08 1

32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3585; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


@27 that was a bit too far i think. Gingerbread fits better.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:23

34. AJmeBOY (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Anyone else find it frustrating and hilarious that the phone and tablet icons on slides 7 and 8 are Apple-esque?

Even an article/piece written about Android can't escape the crystal prison/brain-washing of Apple.

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