It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the primary Android telephone. Since that point the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone different to arguably the most well-liked (or at the least populous) computing platform on the earth. But it certain as heck didn’t get there with out hitting a couple of bumps alongside the highway.
Join us for a short retrospective on the final decade of Android gadgets: the nice, the dangerous, and the Nexus Q.
HTC G1 (2008)
This is the one which began all of it, and I’ve a tender spot in my coronary heart for the outdated factor. Also generally known as the HTC Dream — this was again after we had an HTC, you see — the G1 was about as inauspicious a debut as you’ll be able to think about. Its full keyboard, trackball, barely janky slide-up display screen (crooked even in official images), and appreciable girth marked it from the outset as a telephone solely an actual geek may love. Compared to the iPhone, it was like a poorly dressed whale.
But in time its half-baked software program matured and its idiosyncrasies turned obvious for the sensible touches they have been. To this present day I often lengthy for a trackball or full keyboard, and whereas the G1 wasn’t fairly, it was powerful as hell.
Moto Droid (2009)
Of course, most individuals didn’t give Android a re-evaluation till Moto got here out with the Droid, a slicker, thinner gadget from the maker of the famed RAZR. In retrospect, the Droid wasn’t that significantly better or completely different than the G1, however it was thinner, had a greater display screen, and had the good thing about an unlimited advertising push from Motorola and Verizon. (Disclosure: Verizon owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch, however this doesn’t have an effect on our protection in any method.)
For many, the Droid and its fast descendants have been the primary Android telephones they’d — one thing new and attention-grabbing that blew the likes of Palm out of the water, but in addition occurred to be lots cheaper than an iPhone.
HTC/Google Nexus One (2010)
This was the fruit of the continued collaboration between Google and HTC, and the primary telephone Google branded and offered itself. The Nexus One was meant to be the slick, high-quality gadget that may lastly compete toe-to-toe with the iPhone. It ditched the keyboard, bought a cool new OLED display screen, and had a beautiful clean design. Unfortunately it bumped into two issues.
First, the Android ecosystem was starting to get crowded. People had numerous selections and will choose up telephones for reasonable that may do the fundamentals. Why lay the money out for a elaborate new one? And second, Apple would shortly launch the iPhone four, which — and I used to be…