8 years of Android history at a glance in this infographic

8 years of Android history at a glance in this infographic
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?

source: xCubelabs via Mashable

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43 Comments

1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Ready this made me hungry!

2. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

8 years and yet Android is still sloppily done lol. You'd think Android would be vastly improved by now.

4. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

ios is still the same boring sh1t with some features added every year.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2351; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That's true, that's why I'm gonna try a android phone

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

iOS's vast improvements over the years MMS Cut n paste 3g fake multitasking ... things android did from the start.. and real multitasking and a dozen other things. oh, and then there is iOS5 that is nothing but a giant android rip off. Yup, apple's where its at.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

but iOs is reliable so no need for crappy updates every here and there... Android should just take their time to release good updates.. no need to relase updates every 2-4 months...it shows that at least in my mind they rush things out.. at this rate android will run out fo letter by 2013....

28. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Exactly, couldn't have said it any better.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

apple releases regular updates as well.. especially after a major iOS update. There are all sorts of bugs in ANY software when its released to a wide audience Android is updated every 6 to 8 months because it incorperates MAJOR features into each update. They are not simply bug fixes. That is why Android is so far ahead of iOS when it comes to new features and integrations. When android is released it is stable Any instability comes from manufacturers adding their half baked overlays on top of android. In fact, google releases way fewer "patches" between updates than iOS does.

30. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

"iOS's vast improvements over the years MMS Cut n paste 3g fake multitasking" MMS, sure. But everything else was half baked and poorly done in Android. Apple just came out with copy and paste last year, Android has always had it, but it plain out sucks. Apple's version is 100x better, so I rather wait for Apple to release their's and have it work than get a half done effort with Android. And multitasking is so overrated, it does nothing but boggle down your memory and slows your phone down. And by the time the second iPhone came out, 3G was in its infancy. "things android did from the start.. and real multitasking and a dozen other things." Being able to do them is one thing, being able to do them effortlessly and not sloppily is another thing. Look at Androids new copy and paste system, lol direct copy of Apple. "oh, and then there is iOS5 that is nothing but a giant android rip off. Yup, apple's where its at." Oh yes, because Android hasn't ripped off Apple before. /sarcasm

27. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yes, try an Android phone that'll become obsolete within a year because manufacturers are greedy bastards who want you to shell out money for a higher end device.

26. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Boring lol? Boring that it constantly outsells Android despite being on a few devices? Boring despite it having infinitely better battery life? Boring despite having a better interface, less to no bugs, and updates to older models? Yeah, keep spouting the bs.

10. wtf unregistered

You would think that M$FT would get their OS perfected with 25+ years, but the truth is that Android as well as M$FT target different manufacturers with different hardware configurations and both still do a very good job. iOS targets only specific hardware and it is easier to tweak and "improve" stability in a such controlled environment . If iOS was anything like Window$ or Android, I'm SURE it would show how many flaws it has as well. You boys from Cupertino camp fail at common sense and reasoning when it comes to this idiotic trolling day in and day out. I mean, it is just a matter of time when you all will start measuring your d1ck$ with your iDroids and saying "look, mine is bigger than yours" or "look it's in 3D". A-fuc**n-mazing...

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@ Miz. You think we can't put an end to this whole Android/iOS war? Friendly debate is one thing, but when we antagonize each other like this, the debate always turns ugly. Do you think we can squash this beef...no antagonizing, no name calling or insults?

24. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

@ whateverman why do u try to talk to this guy..everytime u try to be nice to him he just talks more crap forgot about him.let him do him..and u do u cause we both know who the os king is without a doubt

33. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Lol. I get what your saying, really. But I remember a time on PA when people would disagree without the all the name calling and nastiness. I'd really like to see that again. So, I don't mind extending the olive branch to see if we can get back to that. We'll see how the iOS fans feel about it and go from there.

41. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yeah right, Android has a loooong way to go before it can ever be called a king. More like pawn. I mean, 8 ****ing years, and yet they still can not iron out all of the bugs in Android? I mean chrissake, these guys are supposed to be smart. But I am giving google way too much credit.

40. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I don't insult anyone, most of the time it's on the Android guys who goes around and insults people, like Sniggy for example. And if Android fans would stop trolling Apple articles, then perhaps Apple fans won't bash Android in its articles.

3. Alexxxr

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

4 years and yet iOS still has no flash support...

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

and still is one of the best selling phones out there.. hmmm flash who ?

34. Heatfan316 unregistered

Yeah because it's easy to use, it's for simpletons like you,simple phone for simple people the fact is androids can do everything your phone does and more, and on top of it faster and better what do you have to say about that, that's right nothing.

35. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes but with that speed comes the glitches.. the phone lagging... the force closing .. flash is not a big deal for people as we have seen... if it was it wouldnt have sell as much... some people want speed and more specs.. and some want stability... is about choices... some people like a luxury car.. and some people would want a gas saving car... is about options and choice... thank you mrheat fan.. and good like on the your nba team...

37. Heatfan316 unregistered

Ok maybe I was a bit harsh on you gallitoking your not one of those assholes like taco and Gemini you have a right to your opinion and I respect that.

42. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Winsauce

39. stealthd unregistered

With how many sites have switched to using H.264, flash has become almost completely unnecessary. I don't think everyone understands that flash is an app platform, not just a video player, and considering how much of a battery killer it is, you don't want people developing for flash, you want people developing native apps or HTML5.

43. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And yet flash is horrible, it's slow, it's buggy, and it crashes. I rather have no flash plus if I needed to look at a site with flash on it, I rather do it on my computer.

5. alexrhcp unregistered

we do not need flash support because IOS is perfect just like it is :)))

6. Arman9953 unregistered

yes your right ios is the perfect s**t!!!!! Android is the future. i have a SGS2 and a iphone 4 .i hate my iphone because it has so much bugs for example the youtube app. i cant watch a video without a reboot or 10-20 bugs. on my SGS2 is erverything perfect and nice. GO ANDROID WE WILL SEE 16 YEARS

38. stealthd unregistered

So basically you don't have iPhone.

7. mio15

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

3 Years... and the HTC Dream ist still a very nice device. (besides CPU Speed or massive Camera sensors) I´m glad, that my Dev Phone I is still operating and in a good condition. Even if it has been replaced by a Nexus One. Android is a very nice OS, but it is hilarious to see how some Companys manage it to screw things up all the time with their overlays. And to everyone arguing about iOS / Anrdoid: Both factions made good and major improvements to their OS year for year. sometimes more, sometimes less. let people deside their on favourite! greetz

9. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Stay tuned to see how many iPhone users cross lines and turn into Android users when The Beast becomes unleashed! PS-I know a few

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