6 Nov 2012

Android Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

Android Inc. was originally founded by Andy Rubin and Google snatched him and Android up, back in 2005.  On November 5th, 2007 — Android was officially announced (although the SDK wasn’t made available until the 12th).

I find it hard to believe that Google‘s mobile operating system, Android has now been around for five years. It feels like it’s been around for a long long time, but it was only five years ago when the Open Handset Alliance, consisting of a handful of technology companies including the owner of Android, Google,HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and LG unveiled a beta of the Android mobile operating system with the goal to develop open standards for mobile devices.

If we look back to Android 1.0 and compare it with the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, we get a feel that we are looking at two different operating systems. Android has come a long way from it’s first full version from just a little over four years ago, with tons of new features, and of course much better and bigger devices to show it all off with.

In October 2008, HTC released the first Android phone, The HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1 in the US). It had a 3.2-inch display with a 3.15 MP camera, 192MB of RAM, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and came with Android 1.0, although it received upgrades all the way to Android 1.6 Donut a year later.

If you compare the G1 to Google’s Nexus 4, you’ll see how far we've come with not only on the software side, but the handsets as well. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, an 8 MP camera, and 2GB of RAM. That’s quite a huge jump in just four years, and makes you quickly think about how much we’ve taken technology and software for granted over the last several years.

Here’s a YouTube video from the early Android creators introducing their all new mobile platform.

I wish Android a happy fifth birthday, and certainly hope the next five years will be just as innovative as the last.

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