Happy 5th Birthday, Android!

While Apple launched the first version of iOS in 2007 with the first iPhone, Google made a play over a year later to challenge Apple for the smartphone market. Five years ago today, Google, along with other companies such as T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and more, officially revealed that development had begun on the Android OS.

Even though Android was officially announced five years ago today, it would still be another year or so before the first Android-based smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, went on sale.

Today is officially Android's 5th birthday, and the world has seen the OS become a huge force in the smartphone industry. Many hardware makers now create Android devices, which has gone through four major versions and several minor updates. A few days ago, a report claimed that three out of every four smartphone shipped worldwide in the third quarter of 2012 had a version of Android inside.

While Android has been highly successful on smartphones, the OS has not been as successful on tablet devices out of the gate. However, that may be changing. As we reported earlier today, the market share for Apple's iPad has gone down even as Android tablets from companies such as Samsung and Amazon have seen gains.

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THolman said,
Five years and it's still a mess

Great example of what would be a clear troll statement in the forums.
Conditions all checked:
a) Thread dedicated to fans of a product
b) State it's "a mess" and don't explain your thoughts.

I've been warned for less before, yet, FPN comments take a shining example of the discrepancy in moderation.
Now, I wouldn't say all that if it wasn't for you being a staff member...

To keep this post on-topic at least a little bit:
Happy birthday Android!
Starting with version 4.0 I really got excited about it and I definitely will purchase an Android phone in near future to tinker with and have with me as secondary phone and to have a second line for different purposes.
I know I'll adore living more in two worlds, just how I adore having more than OS X on my Mac.

Also, thanks a lot, Google, for pushing Apple and also Microsoft to deliver better products time and time again.

Love competition, sad many don't cherish it and wish the death of some competitor.
Even RIM has quite a lot to offer with BB10 and certainly seems like they can show us some things that others might learn from them.
(the last part wasn't directed to you, THolman )

GS:mac

K

Glassed Silver said,

Great example of what would be a clear troll statement in the forums.
Conditions all checked:
a) Thread dedicated to fans of a product
b) State it's "a mess" and don't explain your thoughts.

I've been warned for less before, yet, FPN comments take a shining example of the discrepancy in moderation.
Now, I wouldn't say all that if it wasn't for you being a staff member...

I was trolling in good spirit, so it's okay

THolman said,
K

I was trolling in good spirit, so it's okay


Well, fair enough then.

Look what's happening to this community...
I, as Apple fan, get defensive for Android...


Well, my point still stands, FPN moderation is a joke, your comment totally aside then, fair enough.

Also, thanks for not taking a great opportunity to bitch and moan at me!
I would have understood you for that.

GS:mac

Arceles said,
Google you make some sort of program... where you can trade your original G1 phone for a Nexus one

I was close to getting a G1 back in the day...

GS:mac

It sure has come a long way...Congrats to Android and Google for their work, it's very impressive and has taken many strides unlike another popular mobile OS...

Slayer said,
Here's to hoping we can celebrate the 10th with the bankruptcy of Apple. Not likely, but a man can dream.

I'm a huge Android fans and that not my dream.
Competition will drive innovation even I found that sad that the iPhone 5 iPad mini bring nothing new.

IE6 is a great example of this blackberry also... let's not forget WinMobile ...

Slayer said,
Here's to hoping we can celebrate the 10th with the bankruptcy of Apple. Not likely, but a man can dream.

I thought supporting open software was about competition, not domination.

Slayer said,
I think some people are forgetting about Microsoft. That's more than enough competition for me.

If it wasn't for Apple we would probably still be using touch screen devices with a stylus. I never understand people who want "x" company to go bankrupt.

InsaneNutter said,

If it wasn't for Apple we would probably still be using touch screen devices with a stylus. I never understand people who want "x" company to go bankrupt.

With as terrible of a company as apple is, especially nowadays, it should be easy to understand why someone would want apple to die.

If it wasn't for Apple we still would be using DOS!

InsaneNutter said,

If it wasn't for Apple we would probably still be using touch screen devices with a stylus. I never understand people who want "x" company to go bankrupt.