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T-Mobile G1 and Android Celebrate 5th Year Anniversary Today

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Five years ago today, Google and T-Mobile took the stage at a press event in NYC to unveil the T-Mobile G1 (made by HTC) as the first device to run Android. As you all know now, Android is the number 1 mobile operating system in the game across the globe, and it’s not really even close at this point. But to think in 2008 that the original G1 would be the starting point to what we have now, is almost unimaginable. Certainly, there were those who had the vision to see its eventual power, but boy have we come a long way. 

In a post to his G+ account, T-Mobile Sr. product manager Des Smith talks about the G1 launch, the weeks leading up to its unveiling, testing prototypes the night before, and eventually participating in the press event that included the recently-departed Andy Rubin on stage, along with a surprise appearance by Sergey Brin and Larry Page on rollerblades. Oh, and 3G, people! 3G!

We weren’t around for the G1 unveiling, as we got our start during the original DROID launch a year later in 2009. That said, I’ve spent the last hour or so watching old G1 reviews to gain some perspective and also to laugh a little.

Any G1 memories or thoughts to share?

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Via:  +Des Smith

  • That Guy

    I remember running the terminal commands on the homescreen to root my G1, installing the “dangerous bootloader” that would kill your phone if you didn’t have the right radio flashed, and installing Jesusfreke, then later on CM. Good times.

  • Gr8Ray

    Funny coincidence yesterday. My daughter crawled into my office for the first time (and only because I let her) and went straight to the bookshelf that I happen to keep all my old phones on. She immediately grabbed the G1. Atta girl!

  • Jimmyjammer

    The worst phone I’ve ever owned.

  • maxj77

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  • DJ

    I traded a laptop for this phone when it came out. Totally worth it.

  • Jeremy

    528 MHz ARM 11 — That’s some slow jazz

  • dannydarko

    This phone was the start of everything that is going today in the industry. It was originally started by the iPhone but when they introduced the G1 it started a new age in mobile as well as creating a community of incredible people.I will forever be grateful for the G1, Android and the entire amazing android community. Live It, Love It, AnDroid-Life…….Drooooooiiiidddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Larry Bublitz

    I remember checking one out at a Tmobile shop on launch day and being intrigued, but scared by the lack of apps. Also, it didn’t have BBM. lol. I was a total BB snob back then, and five years later Android is #1 in the world (but it still doesn’t technically have BBM lol)

  • p0k3y

    Wow, no lag at all. So what has Google done in the last 5 years? On the other hand, it had the widgets that ios7 still doesn’t have today. It really puts things in perspective.

  • Roger W Turner

    I also still have my G1 (not used for years of course). After 10 years of Nokia Communicators I switched to Android at the right time.

  • BrothaDave

    I still have my G1, I never rooted or did anything extra to it either. I had just switched to Tmo and I got the HTC Dash (Windows 5.0/6.0 phone) first then got the G1 a few months after it came out. I loved the phone but at the time it lacked the apps and developer support that Android has now.

    That was also back when I had to have a keyboard, I finally let that go once the bigger screens started becoming a standard.

  • Chris

    I can’t even fathom the fact that the device didn’t have a fricking headphone jack at launch!

  • Maciquatl

    Bonnie has the CHOLA eyebrows!

  • CharlesJorgenson

    I loved my G1. Been on Android nonstop since then. Something magical about that flip out screen with the keyboard behind it.

  • Bryan

    What I find interesting is that in 5 years look at how much Android has changed and iOS has just now finally changed up their UI a little bit.

  • hgomes30

    Memories of my custom G1…here’s to 5 years, Android, and never turning back!

  • carluverdrm2004

    A catalog of 35 apps at launch! Whoa! We’ve come a long way, baby.

  • Shamu

    Kitkat should be announced today to celebrate!!!

  • Michael

    I love how many features we use everyday that this device was completely missing. Video, aux out, etc.

  • OneForTheGoodDays


    Watching this makes me anxious.

  • jahsoul

    It’s been that long? lol. I wonder how many people remember when we had Rosie on that joint. lol. “Oh man, look at that Clock Widget! Native twiiter?” *swipes and waits 5 second for screen to change*

  • Daniel Flores

    I loved my G1. My friend came over and showed me his, the next day I was at T-Mobile buying one. Contract ended, and I went to Verizon for the OG Droid. I’ve had a fun ride with android and I’m glad that I’ve been apart of EVERY update. I remember being so excited that Donut was gonna give us onscreen keyboard and video recording.

  • Hoff16

    “3G where that is available” My how far we have come in so short a time. The HTC Droid Eris (I remember waiting for the Eclair update) was my first so only a 4 year anniversary for me, but Android has changed my life for sure. *wipes tear*

  • DMX13

    Seems like Droid-Life and Complex are the only ones acknowledging Android’s 5-year anniversary. They did a 25 Best Android Phones of All Time list. http://www.complex.com/tech/2013/09/the-25-best-android-phones-of-all-time/

    • Steve B

      I appreciate their effort but any best-of list that contains the HTC Thunderbolt is immediately discredited.

  • trixnkix637

    Who remembers waiting for that Cupcake update? lol. A long way indeed. Proud to be a 5yr running Android enthusiast.