Android turns 10: A brief look at the history of world’s most popular operating system

World’s most popular operating system has just completed its 10-year journey. It was on this day in 2008 when the first Android smartphone called HTC Dream, or T-Mobile G1, was launched. It looked a lot like a Blackberry, and it had a physical keypad, unlike the iPhone.

First Android smartphone

It took a while for Android to gain ground. In the beginning, no one took Android seriously and the majority of market share remained concentrated in the hands of iOS and Symbian. However, as Google polished its user interface more and more, and better smartphones with touchscreens came to the market, Android was set to succeed. By 2010 it had taken over iOS to become the dominant force in the smartphone industry.

Today things are completely different. Android has become the most popular operating system ever created, and it powers 88% of all smartphones sold worldwide. It has had more than 16 major updates right from Android 1.0 to Android 9.0, and thousands of minor updates under each of these major versions. Its confectionery-themed names have come from Cupcake (Android 1.5) to Pie (Android 9.0), and it also powers devices other than smartphones today (i.e. TVs, cars, smart watches etc).

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Let’s relive the moment. Check out this short, iconic video that was published by Google staffers to introduce Android.

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