Infographic explores the history of Android
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.
History of Android Fullscreen
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History of Android
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.
4. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Android without Samsung is still Android.
But I do agree that Samsung did contribute a lot into Android's quick ascension.
7. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Verizon's Droid campaign opened the floodgates, SS rode the wave that was created.
11. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; 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....
25. Scott93274 (Posts: 520; 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.
5. Scott93274 (Posts: 520; 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.
35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
And the award for the most obvious statement of the year goes to...***drumroll***
Most of those folks clearly wouldn't be buying those devices from other companies if they didn't think so.
9. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; 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.
10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Here comes a wp fangirl with her barbie doll talking bla bla bla.
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
29. Rager722 (Posts: 125; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
Correction Samsung without Android is NOTHING!*
30. Samir_Maric (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
Hey u kidding.... Its actually Samsung is nothing without android....
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
3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I like how they're showing the WP interface on the iPhone. :P
8. Deaconclgi (Posts: 210; 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.
6. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
G1 brings back the memories, loved that phone.
12. QuadFace (Posts: 47; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Samsung took the opportunity right on time to show them how to do the business.
13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Aww that was a flawed infographic(oh wait its a slideshow).
14. lyndon420 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Yup....been with Android since the very beginning. My Dream still works great :-)
15. mayur007 (Posts: 359; 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
16. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I remember those funny HTC evo vs iPhone YouTube videos
19. nicknack84 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
HTC Hero for Sprint was my first android. That was a great phone.
20. The13thKing (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..
22. Deaconclgi (Posts: 210; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Remember when Samsung had a horrible reputation for smartphones...
The reviews were mostly positive at the time but the software support was a mess.
Samsung (and Android) has come a looooonnnnnggggg way.
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
26. skymitch89 (Posts: 1017; 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.
36. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
If you had read the article, you would have seen that they already mentioned that.
27. Heatfan316 (Posts: 332; 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:)
37. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; 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.
28. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; 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.
32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
@27 that was a bit too far i think. Gingerbread fits better.
34. AJmeBOY (Posts: 27; 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.