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Monday marks 5th anniversary of T-Mobile G1 unveiling; Android, you've come a long way

0. phoneArena 23 Sep 2013, 15:49 posted on

On this date five years ago, we told you about the unveiling of the first Android smartphone; the T-Mobile G1, built by HTC, was introduced to the world on September 23rd, 2008. While T-Mobile allowed a limited number of pre-orders for the phone, the actual launch came on October 22nd. You might recall that the device failed to include an on-screen QWERTY and a video player out of the box...

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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:52

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1376; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


That's a nice Blackberry.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:41 14

14. Bernoulli (Posts: 1433; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


even 5 years ago still did more stuff than iphone 5s

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:44 5

15. Ninetysix (Posts: 1376; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Yes and Krillin's power level is over 9000.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:00

51. mohammed2222 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


yes , and kid buu's power is over 1 billion

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:57

20. reckless562 (Posts: 623; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


lols who still really watches that???

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 22:58 5

38. PootisMan (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I do.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:28

53. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


kaaamee haammee haaaaa... der ur dead now. justice served!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:17

24. Tsoliades (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


You're kidding me, right?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:52 6

2. Commentator (Posts: 2295; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Wow, 5 years and we're only at G2...

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:10 3

8. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


lol... and somehow it just feels like iOS V2 was released last week

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:55

19. reckless562 (Posts: 623; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


what?!?!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 19:26 1

30. hadouken (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


I believe he's taking about T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Desire Z. Not the current LG flagship.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 23:14

39. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


One of the best keyboards to ever hit a phone.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:53 1

3. apple4never (Posts: 921; Member since: 08 May 2013)


woot woot, lets go android

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:56 5

4. Sakeem (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Wow. Have come a long way indeed. Android devices and software are completely different compared to then. Excited to see what the next 5 years will bring.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:54 1

17. MistB (Posts: 550; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Wearable or completely bezel free devices ranging from between 5 all the way up to 10 inches via a foldable display and solar powered charging? We could also see devices with 2 screens where text goes all the way to the back part of the device via a patent that Samsung showed last year. 8GB of RAM may very well be the norm by then, whether people think it is unnecessary will be irrelevant in 2018. Google Now and Glass will look and sound a whole lot more different compared to now and in a good way. Ill probably revisit this thread in 5 years expecting at least 50% accuracy!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:58 2

5. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Wow... almost 5 years ago I was enjoying my BlackBerry Flip, while one of my friends brought home the G1... I felt absolutely no envy, however I liked the idea...

And here I am with my 3rd Android phone, and many recommendations I've made for my family and friends who are quickly dropping their BB to get an iPhone or Android...

Kudos to Apple for starting this revolution... and Kudos to Android (and manufacturers) for stepping up the game (specially in hardware and choices)

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:04 1

6. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Being on Verizon and a younger teen when the G1 came out.. I didn't really feel it. But I remember feeling the envy when the DROID1 came out. I made sure I had enough money after my LG Ally to get the droid 2. Then the Rezound was my first real phone I could brag about. Beautiful screen way before its time. Now the s3 is still my daily driver. I

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:07

7. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Seems like yesterday but over that time much has changed and android has turned into a beast. Wonders what is going to happen in the next 5 or 10 years.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:15

9. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"Let the revolution begin."

Such prophetic words. It is amazing how fast specs in phones have developed. Funny thing is, I had no idea what the G1 was or what it meant at the time. I actually refused to own a smartphone until the Motorola Droid came out, at which point I jumped on the Android train by getting a Cliq by T-Mobile.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 01:15

47. andynaija (Posts: 430; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


*By Motorola

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:16 4

10. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


The evolution of the greatest mobile OS!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:20 1

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2157; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Yeah things have changed, I had a HTC Touch that ran a port of Googles new os.

I was hooked, even without cell capability, when MS dropped WM, I left for good.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:54

18. reckless562 (Posts: 623; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


me too, i had the 1st omnia man, was SUPPOSED to kill the iphone, but had memory n lag problems, n no real app store. i think it stored the txts n Emails on its onboard memory, not the onboard 8GB storage it came with for some retarded reason. o well, i stiil keep it in my car for its bad ass 5mp camera tho. shoots like a Glock baby :D

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:29

12. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Legendary phone.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:39 1

13. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


I owned a G1, loved that phone. Only problem I ever had with it was it lacked serious app storage space but CM fixed that.

Here's to another five years of Google improving Android!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:48

16. reckless562 (Posts: 623; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


sprint Evo 4g should be included, as it pushed apples iphones dialup like conection in the mud with its Broadband ACTUAL conection.... with its hotspot i wifi-ed the my cousins PS3 for Call of Duty countless times, all with INTERNET IN MY POCKET.....and no lag btw haters!!.....iphone could never compete with that, n thats y i hate iphones :) theve been playin catchup since it took them FOREVER n a day to get REAL 4g.
everyone was like "oh, the iphone 4 n 4s are 4g!! thats why its foouuurr!!" ....... even the AT&T sales ppl.........COMPLETE DUMB ASSES... that was a fustrating time lols

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:00 3

21. Commentator (Posts: 2295; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


As if WiMAX was "real" 4G...

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:05 1

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I think the Evo 4G's inability to age well has resulted in a lot of peoples' decisions to move to iPhones, though, and besides, this is not the fifth anniversary of the Evo 4G.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:14

23. Quezdagreat (Posts: 412; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Wow just guess where android would be without iPhone. The beginning of fragmentation for android. You had to root this phone just to get froyo

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 18:31 4

29. av911 (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Guess where the iPhone would be without Android. That POS would be even MORE stagnant than it is now. How long did it take Apple to cut off the 1st generation iPhone for updates?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 19:54

33. Quezdagreat (Posts: 412; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


It took 2 years, the original iPhone got upgraded to 3.0 . The g1 stop getting updates after a year just like a majority of android phones.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 21:51 2

35. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Did you know the iphone was NOT the first smartphone? Is true!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 22:10

36. Quezdagreat (Posts: 412; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Did you know the iPhone IS the first highly successful touchscreen smartphone?
Did you know the iPhone came out a year and 3 months before the first android phone(G1)?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 22:25 6

37. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Define "highly successful". Because I'm pretty sure Palm may disagree with you on that seeing as though they did touchscreen phones a few years before Apple, and they were highly successful.

Do you give Palm, BlackBerry, or M$ any credit for where the iPhone is now, or are you strictly all iPhone, all the time?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 23:16 3

40. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The answer is pretty obvious. He's team iPhone all the time with no reason as to why.

Quez trolls for the hell of it and it gets annoying.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 00:06

46. Quezdagreat (Posts: 412; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


but its ok for you and your android pals to troll iphone articles

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 23:32 1

42. joey_sfb (Posts: 2571; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I was using Nokia music xpress 5800. Great touch screen smartphone before iPhone 1.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 23:53

43. Quezdagreat (Posts: 412; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


The last time I checked I said touchscreen "smartphone" not touchscreen "PDA"

Why do I need to give them credit I'm not Steve jobs, which he did praise palm. But how is palm and blackberry doing now? And why should Microsoft be given credit? Windows phones have nothing to do with Apple success

Just because you hate apple, you can't take away what they have done for the cell phone industry

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 00:00 3

45. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You apparently never heard of the Palm Treo or Centro. Both were pretty popular in their time. Both were smartphones.

The point that he's making, however, is that without prior contributions to cell phones and smartphones, the iPhone wouldn't exist. After all, its interface is basically the app drawer section of Blackberry OS.

Also, if the Blackberry Storm wasn't such an utter pile of s**t Apple's rise to power would have looked much different.

I'll give Apple credit for one big thing. They made the smartphone an object of desire.

However, Android made the smartphone accessible in a way that no one else ever did.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 23:54

44. Quezdagreat (Posts: 412; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


The last time I checked I said touchscreen "smartphone" not touchscreen "PDA"

Why do I need to give them credit I'm not Steve jobs, which he did praise palm. But how is palm and blackberry doing now? And why should Microsoft be given credit? Windows phones have nothing to do with Apple success

Just because you hate apple, you can't take away what they have done for the cell phone industry

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 01:23 1

48. andynaija (Posts: 430; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Ok nobody cares about the last time you checked whatever. Android is awesome the G1 was/is awesome, SO DEAL WITH IT!!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:50 3

49. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So no one owes anything to those that came before them? Without BB, Palm, & MS, Apple would probably still be the king of mp3 players. Those 3 were the first to realize that combining phones and PDAs was a powerful tool. This was at a time when they were used for business, not streaming music or playing games. What Apple did was make people other than business users and celebrities want smartphones. It doesn't matter where they are now, because they blazed a trail for others to follow. Without Motorola we wouldn't have cell phones to begin with. As you said, Steve Jobs understood this, why can't you?

Oldsmobile is no longer around either, but without them we wouldn't have the OHV V6s & V8s. Before that there were inline motors that were very inefficient and low powered. But the auto industry owes them for their technological breakthrough.

It amazes me how people like you can erase all the hard work and true ingenuity that makes the things you love possible, and focus on the flavor of the moment and give them credit for other's work. If that's how you really feel, then you should never say anything about Samsung copying, because it would really be no different.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 13:59

54. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Damn this was a great debate, sorry I missed it! But yeah, everyone above summed it up perfectly, +1 to all of you! Those companies, including Motorola, Nokia and others, were the true pioneers. Without their hard work, the iPhone would not be what it is today.

And yes, you see a ton of Android users on iPhone articles, true. Many of them are a bunch of loudmouth fanboys. But the true techies are on every article no matter what the OS the article is about. That why you always see myself, PapaSmurf, Sniggly and all the others who replyed on iPhone articles. We like it all, but some of us feel Apple could do a lot better.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 18:45

56. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


+1 for the last paragraph.

P.S. Just got the notification for this article in my Gmail inbox now. -_-

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:23 2

25. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


I hate android!!

Even if you installed it on the iPhone or Nokia it still would be rubbish.

Android should be scrapped for having no charactor.

.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:33 9

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You should be scrapped for having terrible grammar.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 19:32 2

31. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What makes it rubbish, oh dear troll?

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:54 1

50. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I hate Lima beans, it's a terrible world isn't it?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:35 4

27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Happy Birthday G1 and Android!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 18:03 2

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10127; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Awesome OS. Touch wiz completes it in my eyes.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 19:46 2

32. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm starting to realize after using stock Android (and now the Droid Mini) that Touchwiz clutters Android up too much. The RAM usage says it all; on the Note 3 a Samsung rep brought in, a full third of the RAM was being used just to run all the Touchwiz crap. A full third. Of 3 GB.

Now, I'm not sure how to view RAM usage on anything but Touchwiz, but I'll tell you it's probably less on my Droid Mini, which runs a game with Google Music in the background with no slowdown whatsoever.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:06

52. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1210; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I'm planning to switch from my S3 to either an X or a Maxx. Touchwiz was ok at first, but it really is a resource hog. Mine is S3 is starting to run like my OG Incredible before I switched. Being on Verizon I feel the current crop of Moto's are closest I'll get to a Nexus device. My nephew runs a GNex and it still runs smooth. I would love it if Samsung, HTC, & LG would release at least oe phone for Verizon that was skin free (or at least make the skin defeatable). The Nexus & Google Editions are only available on other carriers, and Verizon soured Google with the GNex. It really makes me wonder why carriers think they know more than OEMs about phones. Take the G2, it was a decent looking phone. Verizon through their weight around and made them change the design, and their version looks cheaper than the original. Verizon needs to wake up and let the OEMs do their jobs.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 02:08

57. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I agree with pretty much every point here. I doubt that Google will ever do a Nexus with Verizon again, considering how badly Verizon screwed the concept of a Nexus to begin with.

The trouble with taking skins off the phones is 1) the carriers hate that idea and 2) so do OEMs. Samsung uses the skinning as a way to push their ecosystem (they're obviously positioning in such a way that if the bottom drops out from Android they can go solo and hardly miss a beat). LG uses the skinning as a way to mimic Samsung's look and feel. HTC is just looking for some kind of angle to make their devices desireable. (Personally, I find Sense 5 to be the worst skin on the market).

Motorola's the only OEM to back off of the skins, largely because Blur was so hated universally. Their rep told me that the vast majority of customer feedback was to go with stock Android.

Now, if the Moto X and the new Droids are any kind of successful, it'll serve as vindication for stock Android, proof that you don't need a skin on it in order for customers to accept its look and feel.

Also, I know for a fact that ripping out skins and having the newer software are both helpful to speed. Bugs from beta software aside, my Atrix runs better than it ever did when it ran Gingerblur.

And yes, the Verizon version of the G2 looks and feels a lot worse than the AT&T version. Verizon needs to get over its control issues. Sometimes they're worse than Apple.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 20:31 1

34. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3259; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I love Windows Phone, but it is cool to see how Android has progressed.. Actually, the G2 shows how far every platform has progressed... Just a few years ago WP was so behind in the hardware area, but now WP is almost even with what Android has to offer... The 1520 is a huge step above the original Samsung Focus.... Nevertheless, I have to give it to Android device OEMs for fueling competition, and solely being responsible for us getting higher specs, even on other platforms

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 23:19

41. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


The nexus one was my first android phone and it was the phone that got me hooked to android and drop the iPhone forever. Never looked back and I feel like the nexus one was the phone that really started to challenge the iPhone instead of the first droid. Even though the nexus one was not advertise like the droid, people that knew about it knew android was on its way to a great pathway.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 15:03

55. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


"Android, you've come a long way"
Compare that to a rival platform, which remained more or less the same-both hardware and software wise, ALL these years :P

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