November 6, 2012
Android’s 5th Anniversary: Yesterday once moreby Gareth Mankoo
Back in 2007, Open Handset Alliance cooked up an amazing dish. It was a dessert but they couldn’t tell. They called it Android and backed it with impeccable perfection, suiting every taste-bud that populated the planet. Back then, Android was built to muscle up against the then dominant Windows Mobile, Palm OS and Symbian. The charge was led by T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola and Qualcomm. Being an open-source phone would definitely bring about the feelings of sophistication and skepticism to the lay man, as it does with the PC platform. Yet, the company went on and developed the first Android phone that went by the name of T-Mobile G1. It was as fresh as the first iPhone, which was then the finest pick of them all. However, it did introduce non-Apple users to the benefits of applications. As time flew the devices got more sophisticated and the platform more capable. HTC introduced the Desire and that shot the OS into instant fame. Today, Android phones easily rival Apple’s offering and even beat them on more than one occasion.
Today, we’ve come to believe that Android was Google’s brainchild, which is quite a misconception. However, the pioneers are reaping due benefit of the same with Android going all out in spreading its seed among the finest phone makers’ best models. The Nexus 4 is the latest phone to touch the Android line and runs on version 4.2 Jelly Bean.