The Evolution of Android, 5 years later

The Evolution of Android, 5 years later

September 23rd came and went, and many of you probably don't even remember why that's an important date. That's normal, after all – it has been a while since, 5 years ago, the world saw the unveiling of the first Android handset – the HTC Dream, widely known as the T-Mobile G1. The G1 was a huge success – it sold more than a million units in the States alone in the first 6 months. No, it wasn't as big as Apple's juggernaut – 1.6 million iPhone 3G sold in just 3 months in the US of A – but that has dramatically changed over the years -- Android now runs on over a billion devices.



Depending on the perspective, 5 years may appear like a long time to some people. If you think about the rate at which progress has historically occurred, however, then you may just understand what we mean by saying that Android, including the immediate ecosystem of hardware, tech, media and whatnot that surrounds it, has made giant leaps from what the platform represented just 5 years ago.



But, are we throwing around baseless superlatives as far as Google's OS is concerned? We'll let fact speak for themselves, though for the sake of being objective, the following advancements can't be solely credited to Mountain View, despite its undeniable involvement in shaping the market -- rivals or friends, numerous companies have made their contribution.



So what did change? In five years, we've gone from a lowly HVGA resolution of 320x480 to what has shaped as the industry standard of 1920x1080 today. The G1 had a screen real estate of just 3.2-inches – unacceptable for most today, with preferences now firmly entrenched in the 4.5- to 5-inch bracket. Processing capabilities? Through the roof! We went from single-core processors with third the clock speed of modern chips to quad-core chipsets that house CPU's that are now running at 1.5GHz and above. And the supporting ecosystem? It went from just 35 apps with the very first Android 1.0 to over a billion today and the number of manufacturers involved in the production of Android-based devices is now beyond count.



So what did change in Android through those 5 years? Let's take a look.




source: Carlos Hernandez (G+)

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46 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So the G1 was released 5 years ago and now after 5 years we've only managed to reach G2 ? WTF !

2. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Below is the G2 (September 2010). The G2 you are talking about is the LG G2, a follow up to the LG G1 which is not a "pure Google" phone and launched last year. http://www.gsmarena.com/t_mobile_g2-3518.php

10. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Ever heard of sarcasm? Rimes with orgasm, wich you've probably never heard of either.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Finally ! Someone sane.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I see what you did there

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What G2 are you on about? The T-Mobile G2 (G1 successor) which was released in 2011 or the LG G2??? Hitch has nothing to do with the T-Mobile G1.

31. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

U wouldn't understand because the last five years you have been Apples poster child and don't know thY the g1 was HTC and the g2 is LG...funny it's been six years and apple's just released 5same. Tech2

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Read comment 10

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Point blank, must give credit where it's due. This is THE competitive OS rite now, driving innovation, and forcing others to step it up. As android continues to bring its "A game", the others including my fav iOS have to do the same. Kudos to google/android for being innovative, and driving competition. As a primary iOS user, I love how android has made apple step it up... Stay on em android. +1

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Android changes & evolves. That is why I love Android & could NEVER get into Apple's iOS. Now with all that change & you add root to the equation, thus making Android the TRULY awesome and most robust OS around. Android is never stagnant & that is why it's rise to #1 OS was quick & swift. People like to be engaged & Android delivers in ALL fronts. +1

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wasn't trying to start a flame war, just wanted to give android it's credit. U can't get into iOS, that's fine don't. I however love iOS and will continue to use it,and android.

21. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Word, use what's beat for yourself.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 DT

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No flame war here. I was just stating why I could not get into iOS. Android clearly pushes the envelope, & I am glad you can say that in an unbiased manner.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 SAE

8. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Main reason why competition versus total domination by any OS is the best for the end users! Make them work for your money!

13. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Thank you for the perfectly normal opinion you gave, unlike the dozens of Android/iOS/WP fans that are just trying to start a flame war.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 bro

26. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Now this is what I call a perfect opinion - a non fanboy opinion with a complete and utter respect for an OS, other than one's OS of choice. You sir, deserve a +1, unlike many other people, trying to bash a completely irrevelant phone or OS.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hey, DJ. How'd the big day go?

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey TK it went well, thanx for asking bro. I was very nervous, but my wife's a goofball. She kept making funny faces, and the laughter calmed me down. I'm a very luck man bro.

35. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Now if only they could somehow force every company on to AOSP with custom launchers (like touchwiz) being optional instead of what it is now. One can dream I guess.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not possible with open source.

39. rocketlog

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I hope people would realize soon that one of the reasons Android has been growing so fast is that it was cherry-picking features from the OEMs. So, instead of making them force the OEMs to use stock Android, just let the OEMs continue to compete with each other for innovation and grow for the sake of market share. If everyone starts using Stock Android I think Android growth will definitely slow down. Considering the alternative, I think the way things are right now is actually a good flow.

37. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I usually SHM at the majority of your posts Darkk, but I gotta give you a +1 and a pat on the back sir.

4. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I can't wait to see what the next 5 years will bring for Android.

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I hope Android build more enterprise solutions and feature.

5. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I remembered the date. That's why I didn't come online yesterday. Went on a long drive with my google. :') 5 f**king years. :) First came 2 years of dealing with the OS and then 2 and half years of enjoyment. And continuing. Thanks bich. :3 :D

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I remembered the date. That's why I didn't come online yesterday. Went on a long drive with my google. :') 5 f**king years. :) First came 2 years of dealing with the OS and then 2 and half years of enjoyment. And continuing. Thanks bich. :3 :D

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I remember the days of rocking 2.3 on my Sensation 4G. After running 4.3, there's no way in hell I'm going back. Keep it up Google!

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