On November 5, 2007, Google introduced Android, its mobile operating system, to the world – that’s when everyone got to know the Open Handset Alliance, the union of technology giants like Google itself and more HTC, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Qualcomm, Huawei, Texas Instruments, Sony, Samsung, LG, T-Mobile, ARM and NVIDIA, among other companies. The group’s intention was to create open standards for mobile telephony.
Google, in turn, had bought a nascent startup called Android – and that was the name that received the open source platform based on the Linux core. A week later, the programmers released a version of the SDK.
The first cell phone available on the market running the new operating system was the T-Mobile G1 (also known as HTC Dream), debuting on September 23, 2008.
Even with so many big names in the Open Handset Alliance, Android’s reception was lukewarm. At the time, technology market analysts said that even with a team of companies betting on an open source platform, it is unlikely that cell phone manufacturers would switch to a new OS (Nokia even said that it did not see Android “as a threat. “, while Microsoft’s mobile division disdained it, saying it didn’t understand all the buzz surrounding the launch).
In less than a decade, Android dominated the OS market, being used today on almost 73% of smartphones on the planet.
What has changed
The first cell phone to run the new Google operating system: the T-Mobile G1, or HTC Dream.Source: Wikipedia Commons / Akela NDE / Reproduction
The reporter Ryne Hager, from the website Android Police, tried out a T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream, using Android 1.0s to make a comparison with Android 9 Pie and see how what has changed in those 13 years. Check out the home screen, phone, search, Gmail and the music player below: