Happy 8th birthday, Android! Google's OS celebrates its eight year on the scene

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!



1. Baracus

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.

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this OS, isn't there?

3. murali_v_2000

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Bait warning...

4. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Nah I'm just quoting the movie for humor. Not every comment is bait, you know.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be so defensive.

11. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I'm not, though.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Where are all the Google Play Store deals? I'm not seeing jack. I want my free stuff!!! LOL.

6. LRSousa

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

"Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot!" JK =P Congrats, Google!

8. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Now it's time for some more competition in the arena. Let's get some viable third and forth party mobile operating systems going.

9. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That's what I would love to see. The 2 major powers are getting too comfortable.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

webOS anyone?

12. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

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!

13. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Ics is yummy as well!

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

14. imkyle

Posts: 1116; 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.

17. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Always will be.

18. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

October 2012. I was 2 years late, owned an Android device on my 18th birthday.

19. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

My boy shares the same birthday and the same 8 :)

20. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Android was powering my first smartphone (galaxy R),and ever since I have used purely android smartphones from various manufacturers.

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