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The first Android phone was announced 13 years ago today

The first Android phone was announced 13 years ago today

Android has changed a lot in the past few years. Regular annual releases, some of them good and some of them not amazing, have helped the operating system greatly mature. Sometimes, though, it's good to look back and remember how things used to be when we were still at the beginning of this road. Today is one of those days, as on a day like this, 13 years ago, the very first commercial phone running Android made its public debut.

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First Android handset, the T-Mobile G1 by HTC, launched 11 years ago today

First Android handset, the T-Mobile G1 by HTC, launched 11 years ago today

It's hard to believe so much time has passed, but the T-Mobile G1, the first phone powered by Android, launched 11 years ago today.

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Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

Using the HTC G1, 10 years later: 2008's smartphone is effectively a dumbphone in 2018

As you may have noticed, this post originally appeared on Android Police earlier in 2018. As much of the AP team is away for the holidays this week, we're showcasing some of our favorite posts of the year. Enjoy!

Going into this series, I hoped I’d get back to the T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream and be able to romantically wax about where Android came from. How the G1, though dated, still held up the promises made by Google's first Android effort back in 2008. Analytically, it's all true, but time has not been kind to the phone, and using it has made for a pretty rough week, even by my recent standards. 

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The first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was announced 10 years ago today

The first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was announced 10 years ago today

On this fateful day ten years ago, Google, T-Mobile, and HTC joined forces to announce the T-Mobile G1. It would go on to launch internationally as the HTC Dream, but this piece of hardware was the first way consumers could experience the Android platform. The G1 was far from perfect, even by the standards of the day. At the same time, it offered an open, customizable experience in stark contrast to the iPhone. It was the start of something big.

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