Ten years ago, tomorrow, October 20, thewas launched in the United States. The first Android phone did not look particularly good and had a but that was not important. Even as the G1 (also known as HTC Dream outside the US) came to a mixed reception, it was clear that Android could conquer Apple's iPhone in a way that the then-known brands BlackBerry, Palm, Nokia and Windows Mobile — could not. A decade later, it has.
Today, more than 85 percent of all mobile phones worldwide are running on Android. It's an amazing performance, considering that the T-Mobile G1
Also, the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1 had a few key features that the iPhone of the day – thedoes not have "iPhone OS 2" – features like a better camera and copy / insert. The power of the Google platform. Most importantly, the G1 has proven that a software company can support a successful mobile phone. Here's how that ugly duckling left its mark.
Update, October 19: This story was originally published on September 23, 2018 and was last updated on October 19.
. 1 Proof that customization is the silver bullet
The G1 is immediately different from the first iPhone as it allows a profound change and perfecting of the phone's use. For the truly ambitious, that could mean writing your own apps. But for most people, it was a good start and an important part of Androids identity to tweak the G1's home screen to their liking. Between app launcher, icon packs, wallpapers, widgets, and folders, what you saw did not have to be what you got.
The iPhone caught up later – now you can changeand rearrange into folders – but the G1 shows that adaptation in smartphones plays a role (and in a way that was much easier to use than Windows Mobile).
It was not just people who adapted their Android phones. Android's open platform also meant that smartphone makers could leverage the basic Android operating system and build their own look with themes, launcher, and even additional apps and features.
Of course there was a drawback to an open system. Fragmentation, the elephant that always lurked in the Android room, later became a hindrance to fast Android updates, especially as manufacturers had to adjust the updates to their own.
The consumer appetite for the kind of customization that Android offered was obvious from the very first G1 and has made Android so successful today.
. 2 App market from the beginning
Thethe G1, but the HTC phone still made a splash over Apple's smartphone debut in 2007, starting with its already-installed app ecosystem.
The Android Market (which later became Google Play) meant that G1 owners did not have to wait to do more with their cell phones, be it at games, in business, or just being organized. Even when it was clear that apps were the future of the phones, and G1 was ready.
The nature of the Android Market had its advantages and disadvantages. With a looser review and approval process than Apple's, the Google App Store enabled a wider choice of apps and was friendlier for developers of all abilities.
On the other hand, lower quality control meant you were more likely to bite into some app lemons and apps did not always match with every Android update.
. 3 The G1 multiplied Google's power in its pocket
As the first Android device, the T-Mobile G1 Google enabled even greater dependency on its online tools.
The strength of the iPhone was to work with other Apple hardware. Thewas basically the most magical iPod Apple ever made, as it also made calls and apps that you could find on the Mac.
Google has chosen the opposite approach by focusing on the ecosystem of Google's already robust and ever-growing software empire. Here you had the opportunity to use the Google search in your pocket, as well as Google Maps and the Google Maps app. Yes, much of it was also available on the iPhone – Google Maps was the default iPhone mapping app until Apple created its own, initiallyApple Maps in 2012 – but with Android it was all built-in and tightly integrated. If you've already used Google tools, Android was a breeze.
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