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The Evolution of Android, 5 years later

September 23rd came and went, and many of you probably don't even remember why that's an important date. That's normal, after all – it has been a while since, 5 years ago, the world saw the unveiling of the first Android handset – the HTC Dream, widely known as the T-Mobile G1. The G1 was a huge success – it sold more than a million units in the States alone in the first 6 months. No, it wasn't as big as Apple's juggernaut – 1.6 million iPhone 3G sold in just 3 months in the US of A – but that has dramatically changed over the years -- Android now runs on over a billion devices.


Depending on the perspective, 5 years may appear like a long time to some people. If you think about the rate at which progress has historically occurred, however, then you may just understand what we mean by saying that Android, including the immediate ecosystem of hardware, tech, media and whatnot that surrounds it, has made giant leaps from what the platform represented just 5 years ago.


But, are we throwing around baseless superlatives as far as Google's OS is concerned? We'll let fact speak for themselves, though for the sake of being objective, the following advancements can't be solely credited to Mountain View, despite its undeniable involvement in shaping the market -- rivals or friends, numerous companies have made their contribution.


So what did change? In five years, we've gone from a lowly HVGA resolution of 320x480 to what has shaped as the industry standard of 1920x1080 today. The G1 had a screen real estate of just 3.2-inches – unacceptable for most today, with preferences now firmly entrenched in the 4.5- to 5-inch bracket. Processing capabilities? Through the roof! We went from single-core processors with third the clock speed of modern chips to quad-core chipsets that house CPU's that are now running at 1.5GHz and above. And the supporting ecosystem? It went from just 35 apps with the very first Android 1.0 to over a billion today and the number of manufacturers involved in the production of Android-based devices is now beyond count.


So what did change in Android through those 5 years? Let's take a look.



source: Carlos Hernandez (G+)

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posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:14 7

1. tech2 (Posts: 2443; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


So the G1 was released 5 years ago and now after 5 years we've only managed to reach G2 ? WTF !

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:22 7

2. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Below is the G2 (September 2010). The G2 you are talking about is the LG G2, a follow up to the LG G1 which is not a "pure Google" phone and launched last year.

http://www.gsmarena.com/t_mobile_g2-3518.php

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:51 44

10. DanishDynamite (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Ever heard of sarcasm? Rimes with orgasm, wich you've probably never heard of either.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:21 1

14. tech2 (Posts: 2443; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Finally ! Someone sane.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:31 3

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I see what you did there

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:44

9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 850; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


What G2 are you on about? The T-Mobile G2 (G1 successor) which was released in 2011 or the LG G2??? Hitch has nothing to do with the T-Mobile G1.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 13:12 4

31. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 412; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


U wouldn't understand because the last five years you have been Apples poster child and don't know thY the g1 was HTC and the g2 is LG...funny it's been six years and apple's just released 5same. Tech2

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:40

34. tech2 (Posts: 2443; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Read comment 10

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:24 32

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Point blank, must give credit where it's due. This is THE competitive OS rite now, driving innovation, and forcing others to step it up. As android continues to bring its "A game", the others including my fav iOS have to do the same. Kudos to google/android for being innovative, and driving competition. As a primary iOS user, I love how android has made apple step it up... Stay on em android. +1

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:35 9

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4416; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Android changes & evolves. That is why I love Android & could NEVER get into Apple's iOS. Now with all that change & you add root to the equation, thus making Android the TRULY awesome and most robust OS around.

Android is never stagnant & that is why it's rise to #1 OS was quick & swift. People like to be engaged & Android delivers in ALL fronts.

+1

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:32 3

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wasn't trying to start a flame war, just wanted to give android it's credit. U can't get into iOS, that's fine don't. I however love iOS and will continue to use it,and android.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:47 1

21. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Word, use what's beat for yourself.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 11:16

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 DT

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:49 2

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4416; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No flame war here. I was just stating why I could not get into iOS.

Android clearly pushes the envelope, & I am glad you can say that in an unbiased manner.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 11:15 1

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 SAE

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:37

8. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Main reason why competition versus total domination by any OS is the best for the end users! Make them work for your money!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:19 1

13. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Thank you for the perfectly normal opinion you gave, unlike the dozens of Android/iOS/WP fans that are just trying to start a flame war.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:34

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 bro

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 11:36 1

26. amansingal14 (Posts: 296; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Now this is what I call a perfect opinion - a non fanboy opinion with a complete and utter respect for an OS, other than one's OS of choice.

You sir, deserve a +1, unlike many other people, trying to bash a completely irrevelant phone or OS.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:29

30. tedkord (Posts: 5261; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Hey, DJ. How'd the big day go?

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 17:34

40. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hey TK it went well, thanx for asking bro. I was very nervous, but my wife's a goofball. She kept making funny faces, and the laughter calmed me down. I'm a very luck man bro.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 15:56

35. Finalflash (Posts: 1903; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Now if only they could somehow force every company on to AOSP with custom launchers (like touchwiz) being optional instead of what it is now. One can dream I guess.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 16:32

36. tedkord (Posts: 5261; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not possible with open source.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 17:21

39. rocketlog (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


I hope people would realize soon that one of the reasons Android has been growing so fast is that it was cherry-picking features from the OEMs. So, instead of making them force the OEMs to use stock Android, just let the OEMs continue to compete with each other for innovation and grow for the sake of market share.

If everyone starts using Stock Android I think Android growth will definitely slow down.

Considering the alternative, I think the way things are right now is actually a good flow.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 16:41

37. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


I usually SHM at the majority of your posts Darkk, but I gotta give you a +1 and a pat on the back sir.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:26

4. Sakeem (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I can't wait to see what the next 5 years will bring for Android.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 18:57 1

41. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I hope Android build more enterprise solutions and feature.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:32

5. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I remembered the date. That's why I didn't come online yesterday. Went on a long drive with my google. :') 5 f**king years. :)
First came 2 years of dealing with the OS and then 2 and half years of enjoyment. And continuing.
Thanks bich. :3 :D

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:34

6. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I remembered the date. That's why I didn't come online yesterday. Went on a long drive with my google. :') 5 f**king years. :)
First came 2 years of dealing with the OS and then 2 and half years of enjoyment. And continuing.
Thanks bich. :3 :D

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:53 1

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I remember the days of rocking 2.3 on my Sensation 4G. After running 4.3, there's no way in hell I'm going back. Keep it up Google!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:56 2

12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 850; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I remember watching the 1st Android keynote by Andy Rubin, watched the whole thing on my then Nokia N81, never thinking I'd leave Symbian S60 for this thing called Android, but I was excited about it.

My 1st Android, the Xperia X10i ran Android1.6 Donut, got that phone in mid 2010, had an awful time with updates and it made me realize the 1st major letdown of Android, moved over to Samsung with the GS2 in 2011 and haven't looked back since, had GS3 and GS4, and I'm still enjoying Android and all it's openness and possibilities :D

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:24 1

15. brar.arsh (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I came a bit late, went to S2 from Nokia N8. Since then S2, Desire HD, GNex, S3, Nex4, Nex7, S4(i9500), HTC One, S4 (i337M).
Rooted all, enjoyed everything and then sold by again flashing stock. ;)

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:28

16. isprobi (Posts: 230; Member since: 30 May 2011)


The last Android phone I bought is a Galaxy Note 1. I am considering something newer since BlackBerry is struggling. The problem is every time I think I see something I like Google comes out with another .x version of the OS so that phone is already out of date. Or I see an announcement that there is a new version of the phone I like coming out in a few months. So I can never make a decision that will be current more than 6 months from now. And if I go ahead and buy soimething I have to learn a new UI and the few apps I use may or may not work. It is like Sisyphus never quite getting that rock up the hill.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 11:04

23. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


You should just go ahead and get the phone you currently like...

There might be newer and more powerful ones... and there might be a new OS release soon...

But even having an early 2012 Flagship on ICS is NOT what I consider outdated...

I still sport my Xperia Acro S (4.1.2), and will continue to do so until I see something I like as much (or more) as this phone...

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 11:49

27. isprobi (Posts: 230; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I think I would like HTC One Max if AT&T picks it up. But now the story seems to be HTC is losing money. If I want to deal with that I can just keep my BB Z10.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:23

33. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yeah but one thing is the BB Z10 which is fully dependent on both software and hardware by BlackBerry... and on the other hand is HTC which even though is not doing too good, it already has the hardware for you... and Android is inside... So even if the company dies, you will have a lot of support from the community, mods, etc... which I don't think its likely to go RIP anyway...

My point is, that if you like the One Max, you should get it and just enjoy it whether it has 4.2 or 4.4... ever since 4.0, Android is IMO the most capable mobile OS... even when compared to current iOS or WP

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 22:32

43. E.S.1 (Posts: 294; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Hi,
How do you like your BB Z10 ?
I currently have Samsung Galaxy S 2 Skyrocket which is a two year old version.

I’m thinking about an upgrade between BB Z30 (I know blackberry is in major trouble but the keyboard seems amazing).

LG G2 --- Sony Experia Z1---- Or Nexus 5?

I’m on AT&T and use my phone for texting 60% surfing the net 30% and as a phone 10%.

Daily screen time 3 hours or less.

Thank you

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 11:56

28. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Nexus. You won't regret it. Took me 2 years to get nexus, and I don't plan buying anything else.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 14:08

32. isprobi (Posts: 230; Member since: 30 May 2011)


The thing is I watch quite a bit of video. So the front facing, amplified stereo speakers of the HTC One Max would really be nice. And I like to use a dock which the Max should have.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:39

20. jbitounis (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


In retrospect, every version up until ICS could be easily considered as "beta". But, without the users' input, Google wouldn't have improved it as fast as it did. Of course, there are still some fundamental flaws in its code and that's why there is still lag. Truth be told, though, it is the single most versatile and customizable mobile OS out there.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:09

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


Another important feature for it's time was moving apps to the SD card. While this was fixed later with much larger app storage space, in the early days running out of app storage was a problem that forced a lot of people to root (myself included).

Newer changes that impress me is a more unified ecosystem, the Play store has come a very long way. Google Music is still my most used app as a result of Google building a better Android environment.

Now wow us with KitKat, my Nexus 4 & 7 eagerly awaits.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 17:00

38. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1009; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


One of the things I love about technology is the evolution of a product from the beginning. Android has come a long way from the days of the very first android OS. I like what Android is doing and will continue to do as the months and years wear on.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 22:12

42. taikucing (unregistered)


This is the OS that makes some unknown Chinese companies get profits & everybody with low budget can enjoy smartphones. Thank you Google.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 23:45

44. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


I dont think Android have over billion apps

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 23:47 1

45. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I wonder what would happen if Apple allowed HTC, LG, Sony, Samsung, and the rest of the OEM's to run on "ios"... Legally using all the apps and itunes, boy o' boy, would Apple make money.

Google : Openness and sharing.
Apple : Closed but more secure.
Windows: Slow and late with WP.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 04:39

46. giorgi (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


hii all. imma interested in that GS3 cans get android 4.4???

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