From Cupcake to Marshmallow: the sweet history of Android (infographic)

From Cupcake to Marshmallow: the sweet history of Android (infographic)
Android has come a long way since it launched as a humble Cupcake way back on October 28th 2008. Why Google was deliberating what to do with its fledgling mobile operating system, envisioning more of a BlackBerry-esque type of device, complete with a physical keyboard and a navi pad, the launch of the OG iPhone in 2007 left it quickly scrambling for a totally different device, the HTC Dream/G1, with a side-sliding keyboard, still of the physical variety. 

The rest is history, and a beautiful one at that, as the infographic below suggests. Listed there are the key events, features and developments in the long but fairly non-bumpy ride that Android took to arrive at its current sixth reincarnation as a... s'more. During that voyage, Android quickly became the number one mobile OS globally, and here is how it all happened.


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46 Comments

1. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

These names are just stupid even like a joke. Imature like the operating system itself.

2. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

you must be fun at parties

29. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

And no one has been making money with Android.

34. jokensy unregistered

iiiiiiiiiiiiisheeeeeeeeeeep!

39. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Microsoft makes a ton of money with Android.

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You're comment is both asinine and irrelevant.

8. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

You sir or mam, are very stupid for that opinion of which your entitled to.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

These names are sweet and delicious like the OS itself, which is the most ambitious, functional, flexible and powerful mobile OS in the world.

23. jokensy unregistered

iiiiiiiiiiiiiisheeeeeeeeeeeep!

26. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

And what about Mac OS? They must have the best name that should be in the dictionary.

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I should save it those infographic pictures and show it to my son some 12 years later.(he is 4 years old now) .

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

4. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Sony-Xperia-Z5-Mobile-review-Best-mobile-photo-video-scores-to-date Why are you deleting all comments related to the Xperia Z5's highest rating on DxOmark?

6. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

There's already an article for that and your comment has nothing to do with this article. Go away

18. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

PA deleted the article and he's been asking why. He's hijacking other articles' comments as a protest. I'm not saying what he is doing is wrong or right, but really, PhoneArena should give us an explanation, of why suddenly they deleted the DXOMark article where the Z5 has the highest score and why they are now deleting all comments related. A site like this should be unbiased, I hate it when people call them iPhoneArena or SamsungArena, just because those happen to be the most popular handsets out there; but what they're doing, really makes people question the neutrality of this site.

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes, seems very shady... Hummmmm... +1 to both

41. TechNeck

Posts: 649; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Hey Pope Francis, I saw you @ DC last week... :3))

13. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Because I keep reporting you. Your comments are irrelevant. You're like an annoying ad. GTFO.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Could be worse, he could be one of those "I didn't believe it at first, but my sister makes $60k working from home" people.

24. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

The article was deleted, he's protesting as to why

7. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Wow, this takes me back

9. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Android is the best mobile OS period. It's not even questionable. IOS is fantastic. It really is. But the best mobile OS must have a user accessible file system. It must be able to the simplest things without ever needing a computer. Like a make a ringtone. Going from Android 1.6 to 6.0 is an immense upgrade.

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But the fact that their OS is still buggy is the one main problem for android. Even their updates takes months to release. Unlike IOS where there's a system problem on ios. The developers quickly release a new patch in a matter of weeks. Other phone providers takes months or even after 6 months till the android is stable enough for upgrade. Sony did this. While samsung rushed to get their hands on the OS update after it's release. Only to find a lot of bugs. Especially that Ram management issues.

15. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Bottom line is you take the good and the bad. Android has way to many positive things going on to even think about going to another platform. Yes, if the user chooses to not go nexus they are at the mercy of the OEM for patches and updates. This is true. But what I'm saying is Androids customization, user interface, apps, selection of devices, and it's open source nature is second to none. There is nothing better if you want it all. Forgive my fanyboyism. But there are things that have been possible on Android for years on all different types of devices, that Apple still hasn't given the IPhone. Forget about specs. I'm talking about the bare bones been there done that. Like ringtones, file system access, floating videos and apps. Just a generally user manageable ui. Nothing compares in that regard.

19. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Taking the good part and making it bad? Have you even up to date when android L was released? I'm not taking that customization, UI, nor apps and wide selection of phones to choose from as a major issue. But the System Core is. I have an xperia phone for the last 3 years and is running on android 5.1.1. I remember 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 where the system itself is balanced. And battery last for 3 days without usage. And back then, I could edit the content of my microSD. Now, since 4.4.4 to 5.1.1. I cannot even edit anything on microSD. Rooting is also very risky on android since the system will experience slow downs. On the ios part. Jailbreaking doesn't even slow down the device. Only if the storage itself is full that lagging may experience.

38. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

pre ICS, it looks like crap from the ancient times with that low FPS, choppy animations. ICS - Kitkat, a bit better, but still crap UI. only starting with Lollipop, Android has a decent look.

40. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Before ICS, there was no Matias Duarte (aka the father of webOS). Without him, Android would still be in the Dark Ages.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm kinda curious about something. Under key devices, and NO mention of the original Motorola Droid. That was the phone that really kick started Android.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

From then to now, it's the most evolved of all operating systems.

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