Google’s first Android phone is 10 years old today. It’s hard to believe that the phone that started it all, the HTC Dream — called the T-Mobile G1 in the US — had an ugly, clunky beginning. Its swing-out physical keyboard frustrated us with flat keys; a fat, jutting chin got in the way of typing; and it lacked both a virtual keyboard and a headphone jack. But this thick, heavy handset changed the smartphone world, and helped bring us to where we are today. Google announced the HTC Dream on Sept. 23, 2008, a year after Apple’s first-generation iPhone revolutionized what it meant to be a smartphone. While the iPhone’s strength was in its clean, simple design and intuitive layout, the very first Android phone brought personality and the ability to customize your experience. Today, over 85 percent of all the world’s phones run on Android. The HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 also had a few important features that the iPhone of the day — the iPhone 3G, running “iPhone OS 2” — didn’t: Features like a better camera and copy/paste. The power of Google’s platform. Most importantly, the G1 proved that a software company could back a successful cellular phone. Here’s how this ugly duckling device made its mark. 1. Proof that customization is king The G1 immediately set itself apart from the first iPhone by allowing a deep ability to change and perfect how you used the phone. For the really ambitious that could mean writing their own apps…. [Read full story]
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