Coffee Talk #519: Happy Birthday Google Android!

Yesterday was Google Android’s fourth birthday. In a short amount of time, Google has become the global market leader in smartphone operating systems. Whether you’re a fan or not, that’s pretty damn impressive. The feat is all the more impressive when you consider its start in America. The first Android product in the U.S. was an underwhelming piece of hardware (the G1) on the country’s fourth-largest network (T-Mobile). It wasn’t until the next year that Android really took off, thanks to a combination of more mature software (Android 2.0) and aggressive marketing from the nation’s biggest carrier (Verizon). Android came to America in October 2008, but it didn’t really…

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Yesterday was Google Android’s fourth birthday. In a short amount of time, Google has become the global market leader in smartphone operating systems. Whether you’re a fan or not, that’s pretty damn impressive. The feat is all the more impressive when you consider its start in America. The first Android product in the U.S. was an underwhelming piece of hardware (the G1) on the country’s fourth-largest network (T-Mobile). It wasn’t until the next year that Android really took off, thanks to a combination of more mature software (Android 2.0) and aggressive marketing from the nation’s biggest carrier (Verizon). Android came to America in October 2008, but it didn’t really take off until October 2009 with the Motorola Droid on Verizon.

For the most part, I love Android. Since I use a lot of Google products for work, Google’s operating system works best for me. Gmail and Google Voice are just two of the mobile applications I use daily and they work best on Android. Yes, it’s still behind iOS in terms of app quantity and quality, but the gap has gotten much smaller.

The usability, looks, and performance of Android have come a long way too. Google made a fantastic move by snatching up Matias Duarte and putting him in charge  of Android UI. Duarte did outstanding work on the novel webOS operating system for Palm. Under him, Android has gotten better looking (Ice Cream Sandwich) and smoother (Jelly Bean). The best part is that he’s barely gotten started, so expect more significant improvements from Android in the near future.

Kindly join me in wishing Android a happy birthday. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the rise of Android, what you think of the OS, and where you think it’s going. Please shout it out in the comments section!

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10 thoughts on “Coffee Talk #519: Happy Birthday Google Android!”

    1. Screw that. I love that feature. One of the few things that bugs me about the iPhone 5 is the home button. That’s one more physical part that can break and among my friends it’s the most common issue. Thanks to gestures, I never use the home button on my iPad, but that has changed recently thanks to Siri.

      1. Funny you mention that. My wife’s Android-powered Evo 3D’s buttons are defective and they gave her a refurbished phone which buttons are also defective (after a while of use). So, yeah, I don’t think she’s really going to get another Evo and possibly Android-based phone because of the button problems she’s been having with her current phone.

        -M

  1. Happy Birthday Android! No complaints with the OS to speak of, so I’m happy with my phone and the features Google offers.

  2. Since you mentioned “Ice Cream Sandwich”, I figured that I would post this here. It seems appropriate and it’s probably one of the best Samsung/Android attack ads against Apple that I have seen in a long time. They really went all out to rub Apple cultists’ faces into the ground:

    -M

      1. Yeah, that’s the one. Looks like I must have glanced over that one. I’m telling you, man, the prior dual-column format you had on this site has it’s advantages.

        -M

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