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Exactly 3 years ago, on November 5th, 2007, Google, along with its partners, publicly announced 2 very important things: the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and Android. Up until that pivotal moment, the media speculated on the existence of a mysterious gPhone and not many were prepared for something that turned out to be much-much bigger.

Brief Android History

I know that there is some confusion around Android related dates, so let me explain, in my favorite bullet point style:

  • In July of 2005, Google acquired Android, which was a very small mobile oriented startup.
  • In the 2 year period following the acquisition, rumors regarding Google's possible entrance into the mobile phone market were aplenty, but the confirmation didn't arrive until November 5th, 2007.
  • On November 5th, 2007, exactly 3 years ago, Google announced the birth of Android as a platform. The Open Handset Alliance, which included Google and 34 of its partners was established on the same day in order to provide a business backbone for the new platform.
  • A week later, on November 12th, 2007, the first public early look version of the Android SDK was released for developers to dig their hands into. At this point, Android itself was not yet open sourced.
  • Now, this is the source for much confusion, so let me clarify this. On October 21st, 2008, Android went open, i.e. its source code was published on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) site. It is not the date of birth, as some may think - it is simply the first public code release date.
  • A day later, on October 22nd, 2008, the first Android phone - the T-Mobile G1, of course, became available for $179.99.

I hope this clarifies any confusion and satisfies any thirst you may have had for the history of Android. Oh, what's that? It doesn't? Then proceed to our very own Meet Andy: Android’s History In A Nutshell.

Nostalgia

And now, the goodies the article title promised. Watch these and tell me you don't feel nostalgic. Android's all grown up now :tear:

Sources: Android Wikipedia, OHA Wikipedia, NPR

Thanks to AndroidGuys for the date reminder

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Go to the first video, fast forward to 1:20 and compare it to what you have in your pocket. It's quite amazing to see how far Android has gone since.

    • Tyler

      There are actually some elements that I liked BETTER on this prototype version of Android...

      Oh well, we're about to reach a significant milestone for Android with Gingerbread, I'm sure this feeling will go away quickyl.

  • Ron Hamelin

    Thanks for linking to my article, Artem!

  • http://stefan.sarzio.de Stefan Sarzio

    Very cute dog! :-)

  • elijahblake

    Happy Birthday Android!!!

  • http://twitter.com/nortisan Christopher C

    So nostalgic! I remember watchin these videos anticipating Android's release! Amazing to look back and see how far Android has evolved since then!

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com The Android Site

    Whatever happened to that phone from the first video? Now that would be cool to own that piece of Android history.