Monday marks 5th anniversary of T-Mobile G1 unveiling; Android, you've come a long way

Monday marks 5th anniversary of T-Mobile G1 unveiling; Android, you've come a long way
On this date five years ago, we told you about the unveiling of the first Android smartphone. The T-Mobile G1, built by HTC, was introduced to the world on September 23rd, 2008. While T-Mobile allowed a limited number of pre-orders for the phone, the actual launch came on October 22nd. You might recall that the device failed to include an on-screen QWERTY and a video player out of the box, although both were eventually added via software updates. By April 2009, 1 million units had been sold.

The last words of our story back in 2008 were "Let the revolution begin." And while the G1 was the beginning of an amazing run that has made Android the most popular smartphone OS on the globe, it really wasn't until the Motorola DROID was released late in 2009 that Android took off. Powered with Android 2.0, the DROID became a challenger to the Apple iPhone 3GS and put Android on the map.

Five years after the T-Mobile G1 was announced with a 3.2 inch screen with 320 x 480 resolution, we now are used to glass larger than 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 resolution. The single-core 528MHz Qualcomm processor has been replaced with quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors and if you have the right model, 3GB of RAM just might be onboard your new Android phone. That compares to the 192MB of RAM that G1 users had to deal with. The 3.2MP snapper on back has become a 13MP or even a 20.7MP camera. And the 1100mAh cell found on the G1 pales in comparison to today's 3500mAh powerhouse found on the Motorola DROID MAXX.

It is hard to imagine that only 5 years have gone by since the T-Mobile G1 was introduced. What will see with Android smartphones in 2018?

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  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7201A, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1150 mAh(5.83h 3G talk time)

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50 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

That's a nice Blackberry.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Wow, 5 years and we're only at G2...

8. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

lol... and somehow it just feels like iOS V2 was released last week

19. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what?!?!

30. hadouken

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I believe he's taking about T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Desire Z. Not the current LG flagship.

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

One of the best keyboards to ever hit a phone.

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

woot woot, lets go android

4. Sakeem

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Wow. Have come a long way indeed. Android devices and software are completely different compared to then. Excited to see what the next 5 years will bring.

17. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Wearable or completely bezel free devices ranging from between 5 all the way up to 10 inches via a foldable display and solar powered charging? We could also see devices with 2 screens where text goes all the way to the back part of the device via a patent that Samsung showed last year. 8GB of RAM may very well be the norm by then, whether people think it is unnecessary will be irrelevant in 2018. Google Now and Glass will look and sound a whole lot more different compared to now and in a good way. Ill probably revisit this thread in 5 years expecting at least 50% accuracy!

5. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Wow... almost 5 years ago I was enjoying my BlackBerry Flip, while one of my friends brought home the G1... I felt absolutely no envy, however I liked the idea... And here I am with my 3rd Android phone, and many recommendations I've made for my family and friends who are quickly dropping their BB to get an iPhone or Android... Kudos to Apple for starting this revolution... and Kudos to Android (and manufacturers) for stepping up the game (specially in hardware and choices)

6. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Being on Verizon and a younger teen when the G1 came out.. I didn't really feel it. But I remember feeling the envy when the DROID1 came out. I made sure I had enough money after my LG Ally to get the droid 2. Then the Rezound was my first real phone I could brag about. Beautiful screen way before its time. Now the s3 is still my daily driver. I

7. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Seems like yesterday but over that time much has changed and android has turned into a beast. Wonders what is going to happen in the next 5 or 10 years.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"Let the revolution begin." Such prophetic words. It is amazing how fast specs in phones have developed. Funny thing is, I had no idea what the G1 was or what it meant at the time. I actually refused to own a smartphone until the Motorola Droid came out, at which point I jumped on the Android train by getting a Cliq by T-Mobile.

47. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*By Motorola

10. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

The evolution of the greatest mobile OS!

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yeah things have changed, I had a HTC Touch that ran a port of Googles new os. I was hooked, even without cell capability, when MS dropped WM, I left for good.

18. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

me too, i had the 1st omnia man, was SUPPOSED to kill the iphone, but had memory n lag problems, n no real app store. i think it stored the txts n Emails on its onboard memory, not the onboard 8GB storage it came with for some retarded reason. o well, i stiil keep it in my car for its bad ass 5mp camera tho. shoots like a Glock baby :D

12. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

Legendary phone.

13. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I owned a G1, loved that phone. Only problem I ever had with it was it lacked serious app storage space but CM fixed that. Here's to another five years of Google improving Android!

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

sprint Evo 4g should be included, as it pushed apples iphones dialup like conection in the mud with its Broadband ACTUAL conection.... with its hotspot i wifi-ed the my cousins PS3 for Call of Duty countless times, all with INTERNET IN MY POCKET.....and no lag btw haters!!.....iphone could never compete with that, n thats y i hate iphones :) theve been playin catchup since it took them FOREVER n a day to get REAL 4g. everyone was like "oh, the iphone 4 n 4s are 4g!! thats why its foouuurr!!" ....... even the AT&T sales ppl.........COMPLETE DUMB ASSES... that was a fustrating time lols

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

As if WiMAX was "real" 4G...

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think the Evo 4G's inability to age well has resulted in a lot of peoples' decisions to move to iPhones, though, and besides, this is not the fifth anniversary of the Evo 4G.

23. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Wow just guess where android would be without iPhone. The beginning of fragmentation for android. You had to root this phone just to get froyo

29. av911 unregistered

Guess where the iPhone would be without Android. That POS would be even MORE stagnant than it is now. How long did it take Apple to cut off the 1st generation iPhone for updates?

33. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

It took 2 years, the original iPhone got upgraded to 3.0 . The g1 stop getting updates after a year just like a majority of android phones.

35. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Did you know the iphone was NOT the first smartphone? Is true!

36. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Did you know the iPhone IS the first highly successful touchscreen smartphone? Did you know the iPhone came out a year and 3 months before the first android phone(G1)?

37. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Define "highly successful". Because I'm pretty sure Palm may disagree with you on that seeing as though they did touchscreen phones a few years before Apple, and they were highly successful. Do you give Palm, BlackBerry, or M$ any credit for where the iPhone is now, or are you strictly all iPhone, all the time?

40. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The answer is pretty obvious. He's team iPhone all the time with no reason as to why. Quez trolls for the hell of it and it gets annoying.

46. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

but its ok for you and your android pals to troll iphone articles

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