According to sources, around 87% smartphone users are Android upholder, making Android the World’s most popular mobile OS. But without the hardware to use it on, how would we have all come to discover the wonder that is Google’s mobile OS?
Let’s take a look on the phones that helped to launch Android and to be the top of the mobile OS list.
2008 – HTC Dreame – T-Mobile G1: The first ever Android handset came with a 528MHz Qualcom MSM7201A SoC and 192MB of RAM and that changed the world completely.
2009 – MOTOROLA DROID: The Droid came running Android 2.0 and included an ARM Cortex A8 chip, alongside 256MB mobile DDR SDRAM, became the first fastest selling Android phone with with a physical keyboard and slide-out screen.
2010 – NEXUS ONE: Google and HTC introduced their first phone under the Nexus with a Brandwith a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion chip, along with 512MB RAM and the same amount of storage.
2011 – SAMSUNG GALAXY S2: Galaxy S2 was the first phone to come up with Full HD display along with 1GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage to compete with its rival Apple.
2012 – NEXUS 4: Google in partnership with LG unveiled Nexus 4 with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of LPDDRR2 RAM and loaded with Android 4.2 Jellybean, which introduced some cool extras such as widgets on the lock screen, and a ‘quick settings’ option in the notifications shade.
2013 – MOTO G: The Moto G’s Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM, and Adreno 305 graphics making it an impressively capable device with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean included. Another smartphone milestone, another Android OS at the heart of the whole thing.
2014 – ONEPLUS ONE: A ‘flagship killers’ came with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and became the first handset that the company began to cement that reputation. The phone shipped with the CyanogenMod OS overlay outside of China, but underneath the whole thing was Android.
2015 – GALAXY NOTE 5: The Note 5 is one of the best phablets on the market. Under the Samsung’s own UI was Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with all the usual Samsung bloatware kept to a minimum and all the best parts of TouchWiz integrated well with the standard Android OS.
2016 – GOOGLE PIXEL: Made by Google handsets, making the big G’s big decision to take the smartphone market seriously.The hardware is top-end, the camera is fantastic, and overall, the Pixel is one of the best smartphones you can buy – a fitting way to debut the latest Android iteration.