A brief history of Android

How Android rose to prominence in the smartphone market

Just under a year after Android hit the market, HTC came out with the first-ever Android-based device, the T-Mobile G1. The device didn’t exactly make an iPhone-sized splash, but it gave the world an example of what Android was capable of doing on a real-life smartphone. And to emphasize Android’s potential for application development, Google and T-Mobile invited along some third-party application developers during the G1’s unveiling to give demonstrations of their Android applications. To encourage application development for Android, Google announced the year before that it would give $10 million worth in prizes to software development companies to develop innovative and useful applications for the platform

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