Android announced 5 years ago today, happy birthday Android!

November 5, 2012

Android Today marks an important day in the world of Android. While most will be quoting the various Guy Fawkes Day poems, some will be celebrating Android’s fifth birthday. On this day in 2007, Android would be announced for the first time by the Open Handset Alliance.

By November 2010, the Open Handset Alliance has well over two dozen members. If featured carriers like Sprint and NTT DoCoMo, handset makers like HTC and Samsung, and online companies like Google and eBay. With the announcement of Android, they were making a statement that was in total opposition of everyone else at the time.

So Android was announced. An open source mobile operating system that benefited literally everyone. Providing the Android code to anyone who wanted it made the OS an instant favorite for developers both corporate and freelance. It was a bold move and one that could’ve easily have backfired.

It did not backfire, though. Quite the opposite. According to Pocket-Lint, Android currently controls 75% of the world mobile market share.

Wait a second, wasn’t Android around before 2007?

Yes, it was. The company that originally made Android, called Android, Inc, was actually started in 2003. Google bought Android Inc in 2005 to gain control of Android. Two years later, it was announced and a year after that, the HTC Dream would be released.

So the concept of Android is quite a bit older. Everyone on Earth is, give or take, nine months older than they are right now. However, you don’t celebrate a birthday until you’re actually born. Before it’s announcement, Android was an incomplete project. Still in the womb, so to speak. On November 5, 2007, it came out to greet the world.

A whole bunch has happened in five years. It has gone from devices with 500MHz, single core processors to 1.5GHz quad core processors. The HTC Dream was released with 1.5 Cupcake and now we have 4.2 Jelly Bean. It’s been a long and amazing journey and here’s to another five years at least of success for the open source mobile OS. Does anyone remember their first Android experience?

Comments

  • satsmine2k4

    another 5 or 10 or 20 or 100 or foreva….

    • http://hellobeliever.com/ Jacob

      Foreva sounds about right!

  • sagar makkar

    no looking back
    android forever and ever..

  • Justin W

    Only 5 years? That’s just cruel.

    My first Android was the OG Droid, that thing was a beast, but my next is going to be the LG Nexus 4.

  • Monarchtron

    My first phone was the LG Optimus V it was great..upgraded to the HTC Amaze, also great, now my Nexus 7, even better! But the Nexus 4 is gonna be one heck of a phone :) thnx Android!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002720972671 Christopher Heidt

      Still using the OV! Great phone, but really looking forward to saving up for something a little more powerful, as I’ve been spoiled by my Nexus 7…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000058143915 Jack Parker

    Yeah, my first was a LG optimus GT540, what a phone (at the time)

  • Zaid

    Android changed my life and changed the way i use to think of mobile phones.

  • Yitzhak

    Getting 4.2 update an aosp?

    • Yitzhak

      Birthday present!!! Please :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1150225063 Christian Baagøe Andersen

    ahh i still remember my first android. the htc tattoo. i still miss that little thing :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/evilkukka Andrew Camilleri

    first was the G1, moved on to the G2/HTCDesire Z/ HTC Vision and now Asus Padfone 2 will be in my hand by the end of the week!

  • Roscoe White

    Good old Samsung Captivate. 2010 seems so long ago in tech time lol

  • Maff Mace

    I got the G1 (Dream) as soon as it was released, less than a year later I got an iPhone (3GS), after 3 months I decided iOS wasn’t for me and cane back to Android with the Desire. I’m now on the Galaxy Nexus awaiting next week to buy the Nexus 4.

  • master94

    Well, damn. 5 years already?
    Happy birthday to my favorite green robot.