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The Android Revolution started 3 years ago Friday with the introduction of the T-Mobile G1

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The Android Revolution started 3 years ago Friday with the introduction of the T-Mobile G1
A bit more than three years ago to the day, the T-Mobile G1 was announced and the Android Revolution started.  As we reported back on September 23rd, 2008, the T-Mobile G1 was to launch on October 22nd from T-Mobile for $179 with a signed 2-year contract. T-Mobile was allowing a limited number of existing customers to pre-order the phone. At launch, the carrier had just 21 markets with 3G coverage.

At the time of the T-Mobile G1's introduction, the feeling was that anything missing from the phone, like a video player, could be found in the Android Market. The phone was equipped with a 3.2 inch screen with resolution of 320 x 480 and had a single-core Qualcomm MSM 7201A clocked at 528 MHz under the hood. 192MB of RAM was on board and a 3.2MP camera with AF was on back. A side sliding QWERTY keyboard gave the G1 a one-up on the Apple iPhone.

By April 2009, 1 million units of the T-Mobile G1 had been sold in the U.S, as we told you. That trailed behind the Apple iPhone 3G which had sales of 1.6 million during the prior three month quarter alone. Of course, T-Mobile had restricted G1 sales in the beginning to the 21 markets where it offered 3G service at the time, constraining sales of the first Android model. Soon, the Android Cupcake update appeared to bring a virtual QWERTY to the device along with stereo Bluetooth support and the ability to save MMS messages.

Today, Android is a household name and the newer devices sporting the OS have dual core processors, 1GB of RAM, front facing cameras and rear cameras that capture video in HD. The handsets run over 4G pipelines and have huge 4.5 inch screens with amazing resolution. The Android Market is expected to surpass the App Store in number of apps soon. The price of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch is only $20 more with a signed 2-year pact  than the T-Mobile G1 was almost 3 years ago. And the former is considered by some to be the best Android phone of all time.

Things have come a long way in the last 3 years. Who can even take a stab at guessing where Android will be 3 years from now?

source: T-Mobile

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posted on 25 Sep 2011, 02:51

1. bling bling (unregistered)


ah i remember i bought g1 2.5 years ago and then i waited , the desire came in and i loved it and still use it , now im waiting for a 4inch screen with amoled and dual core with 8mp from htc just like desire , i also have c7 cuz i know nokia can do android but they wont , i still have fingers crossed for nokia going for android

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 02:57 9

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Three years ago the world started to resist to the tyranny of Apple.

Three years ago the world understood that FREEDOM is the only possible way in terms of consumer electronics philosophy.

Several months ago Android surpassed Symbian as the largest smartphone platform in terms of market share.

Now - a lot of people understand that a cellphone is not a toaster, or a microwave or a sofa. It's not just something you use and then forget about. It's part of yourself. It's part of your digital experience. And because of that - that experience, that device must be allowed to be customized. It must be allowed to become a part of yourself - via extensive user customization. To suit your needs - not the manufacturers'.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 09:01 2

17. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Three years from now, Google has bought wikipedia, yahoo and mcdonalds.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 09:30 7

19. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Which would be fine. Do you know why?

Because if Apple would have bought wikipedia - only they would be able to edit it.

Because if Apple would have bought yahoo - it would only contain iAds and nothing else.

Because if Apple would have bought McDonalds - you would have only a single type of meal, single size for chips, and single type and size for beverage. And it would cost about 5 times more.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 11:44 3

27. t1 (unregistered)


lmao, how very true you are

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:05 2

31. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


And Google continues on a path of being a monopoly while putting out an imperfect OS that continues to get abused while Apple continues to make quality products that people want and/or buy and continues to be in the lead because iPhones are better than Android phones in my honest opinion.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:33 3

37. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And you continue to be an ignorant idiot troll. Thus everything you say is regarded by everybody as complete BS.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:51 1

52. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


ignorance is blissfully android

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:45 7

39. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


read: 28% apple,
54% Android
more people want android than iOS, get it?
Android Phones, in my honest opinion are better than iPhones.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:55

44. thatoneguy... (unregistered)


i have a evo 3d and i would love to have a iphone 4 but its not on sprint, i think thats why many people buy androids because its on every carrier and some of them are cheap

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:52 1

53. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yes, Android is better than iOS. But since Bizarro World doesn't exist, that statement is pretty mute.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 17:54 1

62. Heatfan316 (Posts: 265; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I'm glad you agree android is better than IOS.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 19:42 1

66. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


better at failing and crashing.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 20:52 1

68. Heatfan316 (Posts: 265; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Yeah I know IOS is better at failing and crashing thanks for the heads up bro!:)

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 21:34

71. JohnCena (unregistered)


Miz stfu you fagget! Dont make me beat your ass up like last time in the "I quit match." Made your sorry ass concede too a little pussy fag ass dog. Go take that shiny iphone of yours and stick it UP YOUR CANDY ASS!!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 00:53 2

79. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Shut up miz. You *** wrestling fanboy.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 03:00 5

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I think that Android will keep getting better, and that Google will keep shepherding it in a direction that increases the amount of daily functions we can accomplish with our smartphones.

I'm excited to see what phones will be capable of three years from now.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 11:24 3

25. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


shepherding.... sheep herding....... lol

ironic

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 21:28

70. Heatfan316 (Posts: 265; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Yeah, Sniggly is the shepherd and you're the sheep, I get it now.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:06 4

32. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Well it has to "get better" before it can keep getting better. See, Android still has problems that Google absentmindedly can't seem to fix plus companies dropping support for their Android phones after only a short period of time. Lol, they will never be on Apple's level because Apple knows how to work their products and keep control to offer more quality.

Btw, go on ahead and thumb this comment down, prove that I am right lol.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:04

55. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"companies dropping support for their Android phones after only a short period of time."

And Apple doesn't have issues that it refuses/forgets to fix?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 15:58 4

61. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Nah Sniggly my ole iPhone 3g never had any issues it was perfect.

So perfect when the new ios 4 came out it made the phone almost unusable. Apple is infallible of course. And don't give me this crap about it wasn't made for that one etc. It was more of a ploy possibly to try to influence me to consider a iPhone 4.

Which we all know how many problems that phone had with incredible glass on both sides and antenna issues.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 22:23

74. stevehandjobs (unregistered)


Exactly. Like when Android had that external antenna which would lose all signal when the user touched it by holding it in normal fashion.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:31

88. iliketech (Posts: 52; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


yea my company won't people get a company Android phones because they aren't as secure as the iPhone... ha
must be something there because they even say it's ok for a windows phone...

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 03:22 3

4. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


It's amazing that google hopped into the game such a short time ago, and just about 2 years and 2 months ago was their first big launch getting the droid on Verizon.

Remember that just 2 years ago Blackberry was far and away the top smartphone OS.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 11:27 1

26. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Hats off to Google and Android for sure! They've done an amazing job thus far! I can't wait to see how things will evolve over the next 3 years.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:07 1

34. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


LOL, Amazing, since when? Android still has problems that do not plague iOS.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:47

41. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


yes, it has the problem of not dropping calls, and iOS doesn't, get it?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:54

54. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Sort of like the Epic Touch 4G and Nexus S 4G, right? iPhone isn't responsible for AT&T's network.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:05

56. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Nexus S 4G isn't an att phone lol

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:31

57. taz89 (Posts: 1943; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Yeah blame at&t and not the design of the iphone antenna lol...

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 03:23 7

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Its amazing isn't it? How quickly android has evolved and improved in just 3 short years. Where IOS has barely changed at all. Let's face it, its true and you can argue if its not broken don't fix it. Its not about fixing anything, its about adding and improving on what is already great.

Android was truely a technology gift from god himself. You either had to have a flip phone, windows mobile 5/6 device, blackberry, or eventually the palm pre if you didn't want the iPhone. Now lets be real blackberry were for business users only basically at the time and so was windows mobile and that was god awful. The palm pre had potiental and as did webos but it was just something about Android that really caught my eye.

We were finally getting a true and deep smartphone that provides true multitasking power. It just needed time to grow and evolve and it sure hell did. The Droid came out as serious competition of the iPhone and that's when this all truely started. The G1 was the first and it made way for the number one OS there has ever been.

In just three short years look how far android has come and its only going to get better. There is no stopping android. Apple can throw any patent lawsuit they want at android, but they aren't going to back down. Long live Android!!!!!!

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 03:42

6. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Also up until 2010 and then 2011 you could only get the Pre on Sprint and the iPhone only on AT&T. Verizon your choices before Android was the blackberry storm (I think the storm 2 came out after the Droid) Curve, Tour, and the Windows you had some ok devices but most of them were the worst.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 04:34 4

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea I had the iPhone 3G and for the longest time I thought it was the greatest thing ever. When the Droid first came out I quickly dismissed it without even trying it out just like what a stupid blind iPhone sheep would do.

Guess it all worked out for the best in the end though. My iPhone started giving me problems and of course I was stuck with it and I had a choice. I could either deal with it or buy the 3GS. Well I decided instead to walk into a Verizon store with the full intentions of thinking the Droid was going to be crap. Like all the sheep were saying. About how crappy android was and how crappy the keyboard was. Funny thing is I fell in love with Android and picked it up that very same day.

Since 2009 I haven't looked back, never missing the iPhone at all. Why bother when you can just use an iPod touch? We all know the iPhone can't make calls anyway lol.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 10:38

23. bucky (Posts: 1222; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Say whay you want but apple still makes the tightest os. My sgs2 is probably going up on craigslist soon for an iphone 4. A phone with s**tty battery is useless to me. Apple eco system does everything most people need. My phone is only a few months old amd its oudated. Android is great if you dont mind babysitting your phone.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 11:48

29. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 275; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


lol same here. the og droid was f*ckin boss. Droid > Droid X > Droid Prime or Droid Razr lol.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 03:59 4

7. Madness008 (unregistered)


IOS is far better than android. Less fragmentation, no malware, more intuitive UI, etc etc etc. It's not close. That's why Apple is the #1 selling smartphone manufacturer in the world and make 67% of the entire cell phone industry profit.

Apple popularized touch screen smartphones. Before the iphone, 2007 android prototypes were slavishly copying the blackberry.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 04:15 3

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yet it's still number 2! LOL.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:07 1

35. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Wrong.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:46

40. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


@ Miz. What do you mean wrong? Have iOS become the best selling OS, and no in the cellphone industry is reporting it? No, I just think your feelings got hurt reading this article and seeing some people actually prefer Android over iOS.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 05:39 4

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Madness008 do you know what I want to say? I want to say that you and all the iSheep like you should read this article on this very site:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Mobile-Competition-Part-1-What-OS-is-best-for-you_id21606

Do you know what does this article say? This article - which was written by an objective person states something that apparently neither of you are capable of understanding:

DIRECT QUOTE:
" It's often hard to hear, but it's true: iOS isn't better than Android or WP7 or WebOS"

So how bout you and all the other Apple fanboys contemplate this single gospel truth instead of continuing to say that the earth is flat and deny the obvious?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 07:52 2

15. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Why dont you quote the next sectence. About how there is no best os. Just best for you. Ios is best for madness and all where valid points why.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 09:35

20. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Ah you see, biophone - madness didn't say that iOS is best for HIM. He said that iOS is better than Android. Period. Which is WRONG. As you said - there is no one best OS. But people tend to believe other people more than actual facts - and when you got a community of Apple fanatics who buys every Apple product ever made since the 1970's, and these fanatics present their personal opinion as an indisputable fact - just like madness - you have 28% of the US smartphone owners holding a phone from a single manufacturer.

Why do you think a lot (Note - I didn't say all) of people buy an iPhone? Because It's an iPhone. An Apple product. Clear and simple.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 10:24

22. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Apple has a good reputation with consumers so people buy their products. I have constatly had great experiences with them so yeah i will buy something because apple made it. That doesnt make me an isheep just a loyal consumer. The internet just blows everything out of proportion. That exaplains there huge market share. Madness stated his opinion and its not a fact but when you read something that is suppossed to be convince you of something it all opinion which he backed up by facts. However he said something negative about android so he gets jumped on.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 10:47

24. ilia1986 (unregistered)


madness presented his statement as a FACT - not as an OPINION. There is a major difference between if I approach someone in a bar and say "Hey man your beer is poisoned because the bartender spilled some rat poison in it" and if I say "Hey man' I THINK your beer is poisoned because I THINK the bartender spilled some rat poison in it".

And you are right - Apple has a good reputation with consumers, so a lot of people buy their product. But ask yourself this - how many people buy Apple products in US alone - merely and primarily because they are Apple products? A negligible number? I think not.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 11:46

28. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Anytime anyone states something is better then something it always an opinion. He stated it as a fact but its assumed its his opinion. There is no point in saying in my opinion its redundant. I learned this from my college writing classes. He was trying to convince someone of something there so therefore it must be an opinion.

Anyway yeah a lot of people buy stuff because it is apple and for good reason. Non techys like us could care less about processors. They rather buy from the company they know and trust.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:17

36. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


How come you havent jumped on whateverman when he said ios number 2. Its all an opion and he didnt even back it up with facts.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:41

38. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Because iOS IS number 2. He was referring to market share in the US, obviously. Unlike madness which was blatantly stating a fact.

And don't you see a problem in the fact that a lot of people buy products solely based on the company - without taking a look at technical specs, benefits and limitations?

We aren't talking 2 different types of oranges here. We're talking freaking smartphones AKA miniature computers we carry and get to do a LOT of stuff with them in our lives on a daily basis. How can anyone afford to just "buy an iPhone because it's an iPhone" without actually cheking what on earth are you buying? What if you want to view flash websites? What if you want to write java apps? What if you want to customize your device? What if your dream as a child was to have a big weather and time widget on your cellphone's screen and you finally bought the "Best phone by Apple" (but hey it's an opinion right, who cares if if affects millions as if it were fact)?

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:57

45. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


What if you want a retina display, what if you want a phone thats easy to use, what if you like the way it looks, what if you want a phone that is smooth and so on. Most people will play with phones before buying and they dont care about widgets, flash, and customization. They want it to just work. The iphone is great for the casual user who wont do much resarch. If you do need those things most likely you have done resarch. Also i dont have a problem with people buying a phone based on who made it.
Also wem never made a point about marketshare as madness never stated it was his opinion. It all just assumed. You goto read in between the lines. You can only do that with someone who likes android though: (.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:08

47. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Oh I did my research biophone. I watched WWDC 2010. Apple announced back then that as of iOS 4 - homescreen wallpapers are customizable - and you can now create folders to better organize your apps.

I ASSUMED that because of this step in the right direction - and because of the sheer user customization available in Android - if I buy an iPhone 4 - I will have many more customization options when iOS 5 hits the store. Needless to say - I was extremely disappointed.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 13:41

50. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Im excited about ios 5. It has alot of cool stuff. If you really want customization on a iphone jailbreak it. That being said i dont think it neccassary as it looks so good stock.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:33

58. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I DID Jailbreak it. A long time ago. But that's only a fracture of the customization that Android offers.

Customization must be manufacturer-endorsed. Not reliant on 3rd party hacked-together solutions.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 19:40

65. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I think when you jailbreak it you have more customization. I could change everything and its so smooth still. Alot of things on android have hacked solutions to. Its called rooting same concept.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 00:25

77. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Jailbreaking does not allow you have have 1,000,000,000 different widgets on your device.

There IS a custom launcher of sorts called Dreamboard - but its only one - whereas Android has many many more.

Live wallpapapers are relatively few and far between and are mostly not optimized.

In short - Jailbreaking does not contain the same level of customization employed by Android. Hell you don't even need to root an Android device to install a lot of different widgets and\or live wallpapers.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 07:23

83. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


You can get widgets when you jailbreak and live wallpapers. Tons of them. While you can change icons, keyboards, lock screen, and pretty much everything else. I don't get what you mean by not optimized if you try vwallpaper its really fantastic. Sucks battery having a live wallpaper but you can have it if you want.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:53

43. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


@ biophone. Did I lie? No. It's the truth, but I guess that's the problem. Some iOS fans just can't handle the truth.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 12:59

46. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Im just making a point that you didnt say anything about market share as madness didnt say its his opinion. Its all assumed.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 18:55

63. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Com'on now, you can do better than that!

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 19:46

67. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


We all know its not it a fact. How could it be. You dont have to say something is an opinion for it to be one.

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 23:15

75. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


For anyone techie enough to navigate to this website, there was no need for me to clarify if what I said was fact or opinion. People who come to this site, with the exception of a few stragglers, are usually well informed already. That's my point.

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