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Time to celebrate: Google Android is now 10 years old

HTC Dream aka T-Mobile G1 - the first Android smartphone announced on September 23, 2008
T-Mobile G1 - the first Android smartphone
Although Android Inc. was founded back in October 2003, it took a while for the eponymous operating system to finally hit the market. This event took place on September 23, 2008, when the HTC Dream — also known as the T-Mobile G1 — was introduced as the first commercially available Android-powered smartphone.

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Last year, we celebrated 10 years since the release of the first beta release of the Android mobile operating system. Now, the time has come for the anniversary of an entire decade since the introduction of the first commercially available Android handset, namely the T-Mobile G1 (also known as the HTC Dream).

The aforementioned smartphone had a full keyboard, a trackball, a slide-up screen, and ran Android 1.6 Donut. The next iconic device in Android's history arrived two years later — in January 2010 — when the original Google Phone made its debut. This handset, also known as the Nexus One, was also made by HTC and ran Android 2.1 Eclair out of the box. However, the latest official update it received pushed it up to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread.

Other iconic Android smartphones backed by Google are the Nexus S (December 2010, the first to support NFC in both hardware and software out of the box), Nexus 6 (October 2014, first smartphone with Turbo Power Charging), the Google Pixel (October 2015, best mobile camera performance), and the story continues. Obviously, there is much more in the Android world when it comes to Samsung, Motorola, Sony, or LG, but you are free to add your own best-Android-phone-ever memories in the comments section.

At last, we should mention five key Android features that have been with us since Android 1.0: Google Play Store (initially Android Market), synchronization (Google Contacts, Gmail, and Google Calendar have always been around), app organization (it obviously evolved, but the paradigms used remain the same), SMS and MMS, as well as notifications.

Happy 10th anniversary, Google Android-driven phones!

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-09-24 (Update: 2018-09-24)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.