Android 1.5 cupcake

Can you believe it has been four years since the little green Android shuffled out of Google HQ, smiled sweetly and then launched its assault on the smartphone market? According to IDC, in the second quarter of 2012, there were 104.8 million Android smartphones sold, representing a 68.1 percent share of the market.

The open source platform was originally released on September 23, 2008. So, four years ago yesterday, the Android platform was actually released. It had been announced in November 2007 by the Open Handset Alliance as a potential competitor for Apple’s all-conquering iPhone, which had been released in June 2007. The opening salvo in the war was the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1 released in October 2008.

We had to wait until 2010 for the long-rumored “Google phone”, which turned out to be the HTC manufactured Nexus One, to hit the market. That same year Android outsold iOS and it has continued to do so ever since. The Android Market has morphed into Google Play and serves up over 600,000 apps and games to Android users everywhere. With over 20 billion downloads of Android apps and games, as of June this year, it seems to be doing pretty well.

Over the years we’ve had Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. Here at the Android Authority offices we spent a luxurious Sunday afternoon gorging on all manner of desserts as a tribute to the best mobile operating system on the planet. So raise your cream cake or ice cream cone and make a toast to Android “Here’s to another four years!”