Happy Fourth Birthday, Android

Happy Fourth Birthday, Android
It is hard to believe, but today is Android's fourth birthday. It was on this date in 2008 when the Android Developers Blog announced that Android 1.0 SDK release 1 was available. At the time, there was also excitement about the upcoming release of  the T-Mobile G1. The Apple iPhone 3G was just a little more than 2 months old and most of its competition was coming from featurephones like the LG Dare and the Samsung Instinct. A month after the release of Android 1.0 SDK, the T-Mobile G1 was launched. Android co-founder Andy Rubin later would say that Android 1.0 was more like .8 and that it had been rushed out for the Christmas season.

The launch of the T-Mobile G1 wasn't perfect. There was no virtual QWERTY or video player and the camera could not capture video. Android 1.5, aka Cupcake, was delayed but eventually enhanced the functionality of the phone. As we're often fond of saying, it was the release of Android 2.0 that really started the Android phenomena. That build of the open source OS was originally found on the Motorola DROID which was the first smartphone that could compete with the Apple iPhone.

We are now up to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Android phones controlled 68% of the global smartphone market in the second quarter of the year, according to IDC. One model, the Samsung Galaxy S III sold more than 20 million units in 100 days. Four years ago today, that would be all in the future. Ironically, back in 2010 when Symbian was the top Global smartphone OS, IDC predicted that Android could be on 68 million smartphones by 2013, good enough for second place to Symbian. The latest figures show 480 million Android handsets in use with 1.3 million Android devices getting activated daily.

Happy Birthday, Android!

source: AndroidDeveloperBlog (from 9/23/08), YouTube, RegHardware via Engadget

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86 Comments

1. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Happy birthday! Now about that cake....

5. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

the cake is a lie !

14. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Lie is a cake...

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Now about the new Nexus smartphones...

16. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Now about that snapdragon S5...

65. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

We thanks Android for the totall freedom, unlike other OSes.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Love the quote from IDC about Android's future footprint. I can't remember when any of these 'consultants' have got a prediction correct. It amazes me the amount of coin that clients pay for the 'forecasts' that IDC and company produce.

3. YasasT

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

happy bday android!! you are definitely the most feature rich mobile platform ever. period.

4. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Happy Birthday and congrats to everyone involved in this project! Looking forward to the future.

6. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

google should make all apps for free for the birth day

7. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Android! Thanks for giving us the choices that you do!

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

YYYEEEEAAAAHHHH

9. SleepingOz unregistered

Happy Birthday Android! Keep up the good work!

10. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Happy birthday to the most powerful OS of all time, Android we love you more and more.

11. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I thought android os was invented before then?!? But who cares, right? Anyways... HAPPY B-day ANDroid!!!!! We

12. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Android is on the right track but needs a quick update to all Android devices like iOS.

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I knew I was going to find someone like you here. Its cool that Apple updates their phones on a timely manner. But guess what? The updates don't mean s**t if the user can't use any of the features that they're suppose to use. iOS 6 + 3GS = Brick. Useless. Have fun navigating on that half assed Map app on that 4S and 5 only.

73. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

if it ain't broke don't upgrade is what is a common adage. I am still running XP and i don't feel crippled in any manner ... If it's a critical bug or a security update then yes else updates for me really don't matter. I did not find anything visibly better (at micro level it could be) after upgradinmg Sony Xperia P from GB to ICS except for the stanbdby batter life.

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Happy birthday to consumer choice and freedom in the mobile consumer electronics market!! Freedom is anything but free these days.

17. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Happy Birthday, Hopefully you will go the way of the Dodo soon.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not likely, with 68% worldwide market share, and growing. Every second of every day, 15 new Android devices are activated.

30. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Symbian used to be top dog, look at them now, this could be the reality for Android. I can actually see more manufacturers trying a new OS because of the monopoly (on profit) by Samsung. LG and Sony keep on trying and they are failing year after year. HTC is seeing Windows Phone 8 as an alternative. I think this golden age of Android is soon to be at an end.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I didn't say not possible. I said not likely, especially in the near term.

33. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I agree with you on this. I do believe Android's share on the short term on tablets will decline rapidly with the introduction of Windows 8 RT. They were never really strong anyway, only an Android Fake (Amazon) seems to have succes in the tablet market.

68. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Don't know what ur smoking... But I would like to have some of that tonite....

28. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And you'r iOs will take another 4 years to become mature.

31. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I've never used iOS on a phone.

74. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

iOS will be in a perpetual mode of chasing it's own shadow forever ... that's the main reason why they are on a suing spree :)

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The IDC prediction from 2010..wow. Just wow

23. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

How about a new Nexus announcement hmm? Actually, come to think of it, there have been zero rumors surrounding a Nexus device this year. Yeah we got a potential Galaxy nexus 2 blurb and something about Sony or LG joining in, but aside from that?... Nothing. We had TONS of iphone 5 stuff and plenty of Galaxy Nexus leaks and news. What the heck is going on this year? Are they passing this year by?

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