The Android Revolution started 3 years ago Friday with the introduction of the T-Mobile G1

The Android Revolution started 3 years ago Friday with the introduction of the T-Mobile G1
A bit more than three years ago to the day, the T-Mobile G1 was announced and the Android Revolution started.  As we reported back on September 23rd, 2008, the T-Mobile G1 was to launch on October 22nd from T-Mobile for $179 with a signed 2-year contract. T-Mobile was allowing a limited number of existing customers to pre-order the phone. At launch, the carrier had just 21 markets with 3G coverage.

At the time of the T-Mobile G1's introduction, the feeling was that anything missing from the phone, like a video player, could be found in the Android Market. The phone was equipped with a 3.2 inch screen with resolution of 320 x 480 and had a single-core Qualcomm MSM 7201A clocked at 528 MHz under the hood. 192MB of RAM was on board and a 3.2MP camera with AF was on back. A side sliding QWERTY keyboard gave the G1 a one-up on the Apple iPhone.

By April 2009, 1 million units of the T-Mobile G1 had been sold in the U.S, as we told you. That trailed behind the Apple iPhone 3G which had sales of 1.6 million during the prior three month quarter alone. Of course, T-Mobile had restricted G1 sales in the beginning to the 21 markets where it offered 3G service at the time, constraining sales of the first Android model. Soon, the Android Cupcake update appeared to bring a virtual QWERTY to the device along with stereo Bluetooth support and the ability to save MMS messages.

Today, Android is a household name and the newer devices sporting the OS have dual core processors, 1GB of RAM, front facing cameras and rear cameras that capture video in HD. The handsets run over 4G pipelines and have huge 4.5 inch screens with amazing resolution. The Android Market is expected to surpass the App Store in number of apps soon. The price of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch is only $20 more with a signed 2-year pact  than the T-Mobile G1 was almost 3 years ago. And the former is considered by some to be the best Android phone of all time.

Things have come a long way in the last 3 years. Who can even take a stab at guessing where Android will be 3 years from now?

source: T-Mobile

Related phones

  • 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)



1. bling bling unregistered

ah i remember i bought g1 2.5 years ago and then i waited , the desire came in and i loved it and still use it , now im waiting for a 4inch screen with amoled and dual core with 8mp from htc just like desire , i also have c7 cuz i know nokia can do android but they wont , i still have fingers crossed for nokia going for android

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Three years ago the world started to resist to the tyranny of Apple. Three years ago the world understood that FREEDOM is the only possible way in terms of consumer electronics philosophy. Several months ago Android surpassed Symbian as the largest smartphone platform in terms of market share. Now - a lot of people understand that a cellphone is not a toaster, or a microwave or a sofa. It's not just something you use and then forget about. It's part of yourself. It's part of your digital experience. And because of that - that experience, that device must be allowed to be customized. It must be allowed to become a part of yourself - via extensive user customization. To suit your needs - not the manufacturers'.

17. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Three years from now, Google has bought wikipedia, yahoo and mcdonalds.

19. ilia1986 unregistered

Which would be fine. Do you know why? Because if Apple would have bought wikipedia - only they would be able to edit it. Because if Apple would have bought yahoo - it would only contain iAds and nothing else. Because if Apple would have bought McDonalds - you would have only a single type of meal, single size for chips, and single type and size for beverage. And it would cost about 5 times more.

27. t1 unregistered

lmao, how very true you are

31. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And Google continues on a path of being a monopoly while putting out an imperfect OS that continues to get abused while Apple continues to make quality products that people want and/or buy and continues to be in the lead because iPhones are better than Android phones in my honest opinion.

37. ilia1986 unregistered

And you continue to be an ignorant idiot troll. Thus everything you say is regarded by everybody as complete BS.

52. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

ignorance is blissfully android

39. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

read: 28% apple, 54% Android more people want android than iOS, get it? Android Phones, in my honest opinion are better than iPhones.

44. thatoneguy... unregistered

i have a evo 3d and i would love to have a iphone 4 but its not on sprint, i think thats why many people buy androids because its on every carrier and some of them are cheap

53. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yes, Android is better than iOS. But since Bizarro World doesn't exist, that statement is pretty mute.

71. JohnCena unregistered

Miz stfu you fagget! Dont make me beat your ass up like last time in the "I quit match." Made your sorry ass concede too a little pussy fag ass dog. Go take that shiny iphone of yours and stick it UP YOUR CANDY ASS!!

79. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Shut up miz. You *** wrestling fanboy.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think that Android will keep getting better, and that Google will keep shepherding it in a direction that increases the amount of daily functions we can accomplish with our smartphones. I'm excited to see what phones will be capable of three years from now.

25. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

shepherding.... sheep herding....... lol ironic

32. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Well it has to "get better" before it can keep getting better. See, Android still has problems that Google absentmindedly can't seem to fix plus companies dropping support for their Android phones after only a short period of time. Lol, they will never be on Apple's level because Apple knows how to work their products and keep control to offer more quality. Btw, go on ahead and thumb this comment down, prove that I am right lol.

55. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"companies dropping support for their Android phones after only a short period of time." And Apple doesn't have issues that it refuses/forgets to fix?

61. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Nah Sniggly my ole iPhone 3g never had any issues it was perfect. So perfect when the new ios 4 came out it made the phone almost unusable. Apple is infallible of course. And don't give me this crap about it wasn't made for that one etc. It was more of a ploy possibly to try to influence me to consider a iPhone 4. Which we all know how many problems that phone had with incredible glass on both sides and antenna issues.

74. stevehandjobs unregistered

Exactly. Like when Android had that external antenna which would lose all signal when the user touched it by holding it in normal fashion.

88. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

yea my company won't people get a company Android phones because they aren't as secure as the iPhone... ha must be something there because they even say it's ok for a windows phone...

4. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

It's amazing that google hopped into the game such a short time ago, and just about 2 years and 2 months ago was their first big launch getting the droid on Verizon. Remember that just 2 years ago Blackberry was far and away the top smartphone OS.

26. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Hats off to Google and Android for sure! They've done an amazing job thus far! I can't wait to see how things will evolve over the next 3 years.

34. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL, Amazing, since when? Android still has problems that do not plague iOS.

41. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

yes, it has the problem of not dropping calls, and iOS doesn't, get it?

54. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Sort of like the Epic Touch 4G and Nexus S 4G, right? iPhone isn't responsible for AT&T's network.

56. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Nexus S 4G isn't an att phone lol

57. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Yeah blame at&t and not the design of the iphone antenna lol...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Its amazing isn't it? How quickly android has evolved and improved in just 3 short years. Where IOS has barely changed at all. Let's face it, its true and you can argue if its not broken don't fix it. Its not about fixing anything, its about adding and improving on what is already great. Android was truely a technology gift from god himself. You either had to have a flip phone, windows mobile 5/6 device, blackberry, or eventually the palm pre if you didn't want the iPhone. Now lets be real blackberry were for business users only basically at the time and so was windows mobile and that was god awful. The palm pre had potiental and as did webos but it was just something about Android that really caught my eye. We were finally getting a true and deep smartphone that provides true multitasking power. It just needed time to grow and evolve and it sure hell did. The Droid came out as serious competition of the iPhone and that's when this all truely started. The G1 was the first and it made way for the number one OS there has ever been. In just three short years look how far android has come and its only going to get better. There is no stopping android. Apple can throw any patent lawsuit they want at android, but they aren't going to back down. Long live Android!!!!!!

6. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Also up until 2010 and then 2011 you could only get the Pre on Sprint and the iPhone only on AT&T. Verizon your choices before Android was the blackberry storm (I think the storm 2 came out after the Droid) Curve, Tour, and the Windows you had some ok devices but most of them were the worst.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea I had the iPhone 3G and for the longest time I thought it was the greatest thing ever. When the Droid first came out I quickly dismissed it without even trying it out just like what a stupid blind iPhone sheep would do. Guess it all worked out for the best in the end though. My iPhone started giving me problems and of course I was stuck with it and I had a choice. I could either deal with it or buy the 3GS. Well I decided instead to walk into a Verizon store with the full intentions of thinking the Droid was going to be crap. Like all the sheep were saying. About how crappy android was and how crappy the keyboard was. Funny thing is I fell in love with Android and picked it up that very same day. Since 2009 I haven't looked back, never missing the iPhone at all. Why bother when you can just use an iPod touch? We all know the iPhone can't make calls anyway lol.

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