In pictures: 8 mobile OS features you saw on Android first

On the eve of Android’s fifth birthday, it’s time to give the little green guy the respect he deserves.

Big displays Samsung surprised us when it introduced the Galaxy Note phone-tablet hybrid in 2011. Back then its ginormous 5.3-inch screen size was much bigger than most phones on the market, but smaller than tablets. Many critics thought it would be too unwieldy to be comfortable, and too small to perform all the functions of an iPad or a 10-inch Android tablet. Eventually, however, Samsung would sell more than 5 million units of the device worldwide.

Other companies caught on to the large-screen trend, with HTC, LG, and Sony hopping on the bandwagon. Google even included native scaling abilities in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, though the company hasn’t really given in to the large-screen craze with its Nexus devices.

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