Android turns 5 and what a ride it has been so far

Android turns 5 and what a ride it has been so far
 November 5th, 2007 was an important date in the history of mobile devices. On that date, 5 years ago, the Open Handset Alliance introduced Android. The goal of Android was "fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers are far better user experience than much of what is available on today's platforms". The platforms in mind included the oft-criticized Windows Mobile, Symbian and others. A little over a year later the T-Mobile G1 was introducing the public to Android and suddenly, smartphone users had a real choice.

Of course, it wasn't until Android 2.0 showed up on the 2009 Time Magazine Gadget of The Year, the Motorola DROID, that people started getting swept up in the platform. Now, 1.3 million Android devices are activated daily and Android is the most used OS in the global smartphone market. Not too long after the Motorola DROID made Android a household word, the Google Nexus One was launched and a device aimed at developers has become a three-headed monster with the LG Nexus 4, the Google Nexus 7 and the Google Nexus 10. The Nexus line has become more than just a way for buyers to get the stock Android experience.

In the New York Times, Android's director of business development, John Lagerling, said that Google has constructed a firewall around Motorola. While many of you have been hoping that Google would give its wholly owned subsidiary a crack at producing a Nexus model, Lagerling said that Motorola has to bid on producing a Nexus model just like any other OEM.


So it's 5 years in the rear-view mirror for Android. While the platform has gone far beyond where anyone thought it would, what will the next 5 years bring? Will Android remain as relevant as today, or will something new, something that is not on the radar screen now, surpass the green robot?

source: MobileSyrup, CNET

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58 Comments

1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Android is the future. Resistance is futile. ;P

5. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

nobody can predict the future, anything can happen

8. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

anything lol iOS can never be an open source OS

11. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

And that's why I like iOS.

57. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Windows is propertiery but still have its security issues in the past and still do today. Linux and other open source are still consider safer and were used in many countries securities agency. Don't known why one would prefer one over the other but one's own bias.

35. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

like i said before being an open has its pros and cons-- pros is that you are free, cons is that you'll have risk! while the close source iOS/WP has pros and cons too!-- pros you are secured! cons not all the time will be happy...but atleast you are happy! but what is good is that being a close source and have some open source component! and yes BlackBerry 10 has that! you'll get the best of both world!

44. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

NO, closed mean, fewer user BUT NOT TOTALY SECURE! FEWER USER means FEWER INFORMATION means FEWER TO STEAL IF IT NOT NOTHING TO STEAL, so: it is NO PAIN - NO GAIN: NO USER - NO HACKER - NO FVCK3D UP - WASTED TIME, ENERGY AND EFFORT FOR ALMOST NOTHING. While OPEN means MORE USER: MEANS MORE INFORMATION, MEANS MORE TO STEAL: so IT IS A PAIN BUT IT IS ALSO A GAIN! iOS STILL secured because it is only on US and may be with almost no information hacker wants to steal, except for buy free apps, remember the article you can buy something free on appstore, it is a proof, if some hacker/cracker want to fvck3d iOS up, IT IS ALSO VULNERABLE, so do MAC, now Apple didn't say DO NOTHING FOR SECURITY for MAC OS again. So, the more popular the OS you use, the more attack and it means the more threads and more vulnerable because of the variations of the attacks revealed more glitch to be exposed even it intentionally or by pure accidentally.

48. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

read about android security here at phonearena! sandboxing, new security in 4.2 bouncer and google play hint: it is as secure as ios or more when you use gplay don't want risk? don't use 3rd party appstores

18. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Happy B- day Android!! Good luck!

36. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

totally agree! future and destiny is a funny thing.. you need to play it right to find it!

59. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

life is JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION! (Aerosmith)

60. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Life is JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION. Android is JOURNEY Ap(pl)e was JUST A DESTINATION and it even just gone wrong...

10. zackh121556

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Apple stock??? Sell sell sell.....Android for life!

26. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Happy Birthday to the most advanced mobile OS ever in history. Way to go "Google" carry on the good work guys.

29. MeoCao unregistered

Thank you Andy Rubin, Larry & Sergey, Hugo and Martias and all Google staff. Thank you SS, HTC, Motorola, LG Sony ... And thank you Steve Balmer and Stephen Elop and Nokia for the burning platform suicide of Symbian and MeeGo Thank you Steve Jobs and Apple for the thermonuclear war that you ended up the losing side Android happy birthday!!!

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to the most advanced mobile operating system!

9. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

haven't you heard of iOS yet?

12. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Yep. It's obsolete.

27. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Yeah, I've heard of it, I've used it as well, I used to be an apple fanboy.

47. cso26

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

whats that thing.sounds like s**t...

3. mydi.maus unregistered

happy birthday android!!sorry no barbie doll..

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I hear many Android fans took the day off work for this.

49. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol... Gotta admit this was funny.

7. Savage unregistered

I remember when Steve Jobs said that the original iPhone was at least 5 years ahead of other smartphones. Unfortunately it was surpassed in 2009. Now its been 5 years. Clearly he didn't foresee how popular Android would be.

13. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/08/19/apples-iphone-is-now-worth-more-than-all-of-microsoft/ This shows just how successful iPhone has been. Just because you don't like it that doesn't mean it sucks.

19. Savage unregistered

This is funny. Now where have I talked about Apple's worth and how much money they have? Why do iFans ALWAYS have to boast that their company is rich? How will that benefit you? And of course it is popular. But we are talking about software (Android and iOS) and you are mentioning hardware. Does Apple get 1.3 million activations of iPhone per day?

41. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

When would you realize they got all that money from people like you? They sell you something in a nice package and you spend all your money on that. You pay thro your nose because someone told you that rich people use iphone and you buy it because you want to tell yourself that you are rich.

25. ilia1986 unregistered

Happy birthday Android!! :D

33. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Android!!! Droid Nexus Maxx? Come on Motorola What are you waiting for?

50. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Android.

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