Nearly 8 years have passed since the inception of the Android idea, 6 since Google took over it and less than four since the first beta SDK was published, and now we're looking at a huge platform with galloping growth of more than 550,000 devices activated each day and over 250,000 apps on the Android Market.
But it has passed through numerous stages, starting with the T-Mobile G1
, also known as the HTC Dream, a device we probably all remember with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Android was at version 1.0, but it already had been integrated with Google Services and featured multitasking, something that even contemporary platforms like Windows Phone don't yet have.
Then the Linux-based platform got sweeter with 1.5 Cupcake enhancing some camera features among others, 1.6 Donut bringing CDMA support and 2.0 Eclair with improved mail support and browser UI. It's all part of the history, but also – part of a creative infographic which you can later use to tell the Android Story to your grandchildren. No excuse to skip that, right?