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The first Android – Throwback Tech Thursday

Would you believe it? It’s been 10 years since the first Android mobile operating system was launched. It’s popularity, and the way it is just dab hand to millions of us now, makes it feel like this tech has been around forever. But no, it’s ten years old as of 23 September, 2018.

The first Android operating system

The year was 2008 and the world was going through somewhat of an economical crisis. Despite this, Google kicked off the HTC-created T-Mobile G1. Yes, Android’s capabilities and technologies have come a long way since then, but the T-Mobile G1 was the start of the Android smartphone journey.
Since 2008, so many things have improved with Android. First of all, the popularity of the operating systems grew among developers and the number of apps available for the device massively increased.

Android became the biggest operating system in the world. According to Statista, as of Q2 in 2018, 88% of smartphones sold are Android operated. The vast majority of the rest are iOS.

Since the first Android system, it has been through many changes, with versions including Petit Four, Cupcake, Donut and Eclair, in 2009. In 2010, we met Froyo and Gingerbread. Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean came in 2011 and 2012. Following on from these, we saw KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo and Pie – which brings us up to 2018. It’s enough to make you hungry, and sounds like the recipe for an amazing dessert.

For those of you who notice trends, you may notice that the operating systems named above were released in alphabetical order – except for “Petit Four”. Petit Four is the exception, because it was the unofficial code name for that system. Why they name everything after desserts – we don’t know.

Image to the right of blog & feature images: By Michael Oryl, via Wikimedia Commons.

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