Infographic explores the history of Android

Infographic explores the history of Android
If you don't remember Android updates like "Cupcake" and "Donut" and you have no recollection about the T-Mobile G1 (which was produced by HTC, not LG as stated in the graph), you might want to study the infographic below. Even if you know everything there is to know about what has become the world's most employed smartphone OS, you might want to take a look at the history of Android in this form.

The inforgraphic, which was produced by a U.K. gadgets retailer, takes a look at the highlights of each new build of Android, starting with version 1.5 Cupcake, to the recent Android 4.4 KitKat. There is also a look at the most popular free and paid apps for the platform.

If you want to study up on the history of Android, or merely confirm your present knowledge, you can click on the slideshow below.

source: UniversalGadgets



1. dragonisinogard

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

That'd be nice if they got all of their facts correct the HTC Dream did not become the LG G1 it became the T-Mobile G1 I know because I had one and they even said so later so they messed up the beginning before they even got rolling wonderful.

2. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Android without samsung is NOTHING

4. SleepingOz unregistered

Android without Samsung is still Android. But I do agree that Samsung did contribute a lot into Android's quick ascension.

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Verizon's Droid campaign opened the floodgates, SS rode the wave that was created.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you for actually remembering history. Before the Droid line I dont think too many could name a Samsung Android phone. Every Android phone after the Droid commercials were called a Droid phone. Android phones really didnt get their own identity until 2011, maybe late 2010. The HTC EVO was pretty popular in 2010....

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The Droid was my first smartphone and I remember having to correct people for a long time after that phone came out that Droid was a brand of phone, not the name of the OS. Every phone that came out people called Droids.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm pretty sure that the majority of Android phone users who buy other brands like LG, Motorola, HTC, Sony will all disagree with you and say that they love the Android experience on their phone better than the one found on Samsung devices.

35. g2a5b0e unregistered

And the award for the most obvious statement of the year goes to...***drumroll*** Scott93274 Most of those folks clearly wouldn't be buying those devices from other companies if they didn't think so.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Android before the GS1 was Moto and HTC. I dont see how Samsung makes or breaks Android. Samsung is the most popular now....but lets not forget that the Droid line put Android on the map and started the market share, popularity rise. Name Android phones made in 2009, 2010....before the Galaxy S 1 launched.....lets see what companies, models get listed. And name them off the top of your head...not by researching.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Here comes a wp fangirl with her barbie doll talking bla bla bla.

18. tttony

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

Nope, Samsung without Android is nothing Samsung has been successfull because they did something that EVERY company does: COPY They step up quickly, they detected what "people" "wants" If not were Samung it would be another company So BRAND_HERE is nothing without Android

21. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014


29. Rager722 unregistered

Correction Samsung without Android is NOTHING!*

30. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Hey u kidding.... Its actually Samsung is nothing without android....

33. d1zzyb0y

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 03, 2014

maybe its the other way around, samsung rejected and laughed at android when it was offerd to them

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I like how they're showing the WP interface on the iPhone. :P

8. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, very funny indeed! That is the new Nexus 5s with Rub ID on the home button and it runs WiOSdroid 5.0 Lik-a-stix.

17. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Rub ID... Lol

23. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

The true dream phone

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

G1 brings back the memories, loved that phone.

12. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Samsung took the opportunity right on time to show them how to do the business.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Aww that was a flawed infographic(oh wait its a slideshow).

15. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

as u can see android is the king of the os even ios and wp cant match it.. ( ios copied though ) but galaxy s gave the booster to android .. what i remember and htc evo the first 4g phone .. i guess

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I remember those funny HTC evo vs iPhone YouTube videos

19. nicknack84

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

HTC Hero for Sprint was my first android. That was a great phone.

20. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Without the Galaxy line by Samsung android would have been not that popular by now, as a result of the S line series and Notes and also minis and midrangers with looks like flagships, other makers started coming up with flagship similar in size and specs, we may call it copying but it is what it is and here we are in 2014..

22. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Remember when Samsung had a horrible reputation for smartphones...! The reviews were mostly positive at the time but the software support was a mess. Samsung (and Android) has come a looooonnnnnggggg way.

24. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Must admit vent though i am a wp fan but android is the true king of OS's simply beautiful and the s2 i have says it all

26. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Someone doesn't know their devices. The HTC Dream wasn't as also known as the LG G1 (which came out a few years later). The HTC Dream was known as the HTC G1 or T-Mobile G1.

36. g2a5b0e unregistered

If you had read the article, you would have seen that they already mentioned that.

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