Did you know: the first Android smartphone launched exactly 7 years ago

It's seven years since the launch of the first Android phone: the T-Mobile G1, aka the HTC Dream, and Google is celebrating the occasion by releasing a few new wallpapers that you can use to freshen up your home screen.

We remember counting down the days until the launch of the first Android phone as expectations about the first phone with the new Android operating system were high. And while it was not all that big in terms of specs or features, it did come with a cool slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, a neat trackpad, and of course the fully operation Android operating system. Did you know that back then Android did not even support a virtual, on-screen keyboard officially?

Here is a quick refresh on the specs of the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, it looks like quite the antique from today's perspective:

Screen: 3.2" with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels
SoC: Qualcomm MSM7201A with a single-core processor clocked at 528MHz
RAM: 192MB
Camera: 3.2-megapixels rear, no front cam
Internal storage: 256MB with support for microSD cards
Battery: 1150mAh

Cute, isn't it? Check out our full review at the link below and right after it - the new Google-made wallpapers.

source: Google



2. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

We have come a long way from the archaic days to the marshmallow days!!!

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 594; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

actually its astro boy then bender to marshmallow they are both cartoon androids

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bad bad battery life, but I liked it.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea, I didnt get an Android phone til early 2010. But I remember the early days of Android OS. I had to go back to 1.6 when I tried to use a 2.3 ROM and my phone got stuck in a boot loop. Android has come a looooong way. lol

22. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I started on 1.6 with a Motorola Droid. The jump to 2.1 was a huge leap for Android. Hard to believe the first version didn't come with a pre-installed an email application.

6. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I remember when this phone came out. Can't believe it's been 7 years!

7. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

My dream phone that time.. Then I bought Htc Tattoo..

8. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

7 years ago, when Google and Apple were friends united against a common enemy, Microsoft. Now, the tables have turned with Google being the common enemy from Apple and Microsoft. lol.

24. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Actually, the primary enemy was Nokia's Symbian OS. Google would be nothing without Windows. If Bing had existed before Google, Google would have never made it big.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

When you desperately wanted this phone but you were with Verizon at the time.. :(

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I left AT&T to get it.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I don't remember this phone although I had phones WAY prior to this. I got my first cell in '95 and have had one since. My first Android was Droid 1. Have always been with Verizon. What can I say I'm loyal to a fault.

12. MiAnyemi

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Now the oem company behind the first ever android phone, that is, HTC is struggling and is in serious need of fresh air to come back to life. Love HTC anyway. Too bad they can't keep up with the competition.

13. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

During that time I had a Nokia Slider. Never heard of Android back then! :D

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm pretty sure that's also Techie's 7th birthday. Well, happy birthday Techie!

21. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Best comment ever! Happy Birthday Techie!!

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Ive never seen one of them in my life :c

16. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

My first Android phone was a Samsung Intercept. Back then, I needed a physical keyboard. However, the Intercept was the worst phone I owned and was NOT a great introduction to Android. When I upgraded, I got the Galaxy Nexus and after that, the G2. So ever since, I have learned that it's best to stick to either the Nexus phones or the company flagship phones. All those "affordable" and "mid range" Androids are definitely not optimized for Android.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I remember the launch, though I had no interest since I was on WinMo back then. Then, MS decided to kill WinMo, and I tried to wait for WP, but wound up getting an Android phone to hold me over. Then, WP turned out to have the worst attributes of IOS, with none of the plusses. And Palm/HP fumbled WebOS, so here I am today, still with Android, the mobile OS I never intended to get.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is me too a tee. I had no desire for Android, was a Win Mo user also. I almost got an iPhone. Only difference is I didnt wait for WP. I had no idea about WP until after I got an Android phone. I also didnt want WebOS. I mean I did before the iPhone came out. So much changed after the iPhone launched.

18. Kakarot

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

Google should had held the marshmallow and the new nexus event today. As a tribute to the first android!

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Would have made more sense.

25. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

yup the T-mobile G1 (HTC Dream) I've been with Android since Day 1, and I still love it til this day. LONG LIVE ANDROID

26. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

I still have that white Tmo G1 phone running Gingerbread CyanogenMod. Still works too... slow as fuq though

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