Happy 8th birthday, Android! Google's OS celebrates its eight year on the scene
posted by Peter K. / Nov 05, 2015, 8:33 AM
On November 5, 2007, the Open Handset Alliance, comprising Google, Sony, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments, made history by officially announcing the Android operating system. Although roughly a year passed before the first Android-powered handset saw the light of day (the T-Mobile G1, a.k.a. HTC Dream), we can safely embrace the fifth of November as the birthday of the most popular OS in the world.
From Astro Boy through Ice Cream Sandwich to Lolllipop, from Bender to Jelly Bean to Marshmallow, Android has gradually evolved from a crude and overwhelming piece of software to a highly-sophisticated and polished operating system that is almost flawless in any aspect.
Here's to hoping that 2016 will be even more fruitful for Google and the Android team with Hiroshi Lockheimer on top. We will witness the unveiling of Android N next year, most probably at Google I/O 2016 sometime in June or July. As usual, we are pretty impatient to see how the OS will be improved, and we are certain that you're eager to see that as well.
We'll need to brace ourselves for the wait. In the meantime, make sure to check out our Marshmallow review. Additionally, drop a celebratory comment for Android if you feel like it!
Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012
Another reason to remember remember the 5th of November. As much as I like Android though today will always be the day a bunch of politicians almost blew up.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 8:52 AM 1
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Truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this OS, isn't there?
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 8:57 AM 0
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More like the day a King almost blew up. When captured, Guy Fawkes SAID he was going to blow up the House of Lords, in an unsuccessful attempt to curry favor with the King. Obviously, he wasn't buying it.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 11:27 AM 0
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Now it's time for some more competition in the arena. Let's get some viable third and forth party mobile operating systems going.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 10:48 AM 1
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ICS remains my favorite! I remember the excitement I got when I flashed my doomed galaxy S on GB to ICS! Now that's what I called at that time the most beautiful phone interface. This is what triggered the revolution to flatter looks. I mean everything started to look and feel more beautiful about Android! ICS rocks!
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 12:11 PM 0
I disagree. ICS was 100 shades of ugly. I hated the holo look. At least Lollipop looks pleasing to the eye even though it's a messy affair behind the scenes. Marshmallow is looking like a step in the right direction much like KK was.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 2:27 PM 1
Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010
April 2011 is the month i switched from IOS to Android. Live wall papers, Widgets, and of course Google Maps. Never looked back. Amazing platform.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 12:33 PM 5
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