5 years ago on this very same day a press event was held in New York City announcing the arrival of the T-Mobile G1 (made by HTC) that ran on the Android 1.0 operating system. While the actual launch came on October 22nd pre-orders were already available by September 23rd, 2008. This device was able later on able to sell one million units by April 2009.
The T-Mobile G1 started it all for Android. When this device shipped out there were a few things missing such as an onscreen keyboard and it didn’t even come with a video player out of the box. This was corrected in later software updates.
Here’s a look at the specs of the T-Mobile G1
- Android 1.0
- 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A processor
- 3.2-inch color transflective TFT (320 x 480)
- 192MB RAM
- 256MB ROM
- Dimensions: 55.7 x 117.7 x 17.1 millimetres, weight 158 grams
- 3.1MP rear camera with auto-focus
- microSD, microSDHC, TransFlash, SDIO
- Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
- Assisted GPS, QuickGPS
- 1150mAh battery
The specs are pretty low compared to today’s Android smartphone models but 5 years ago this was already impressive.
Des Smith, T-Mobile Sr. product manager, talks about the G1 launch on his G+ account.
“I got up the next morning, took the longest shower ever and headed to the event site. We set up our demos got everything ready and waited. Press started lining up early, they were excited – not sure exactly what they were going to see. We had all of our demos behind a curtain and the press was to go upstairs and sit before a stage. They began to let the press in and the energy was amazing! So many bloggers and Tech reporters! I scooted around and took tons of photos (I’ll have to dig those up to post later) – no one knew who I was, so they just left me alone.”
The Android operating system has grown rapidly since its commercial introduction in 2008. Today it has an 80% market share. In comparison back in 2010 it had 33% of the market, 2011 at 52.5%, and in 2012 at 75%.