On this day in 2008 the first ever Android-based Smartphone was introduced to us. Google and T-Mobile worked collaboratively to produce the T-Mobile G1 or also known as the HTC Dream. The handset had both full touch-screen functionality, a slide down QWERTY keyboard and a trackball for one-handed navigation. You could also access mobile Web applications like Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube through the device.
Here are the features (how times change): Wi-Fi, 3G (with dual-band UMTS), multimedia messaging, e-mail support (Gmail as well as other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services), instant messaging, a full HTML browser, GPS functionality, a 3-megapixel camera, the ability to multitask, a music player with access to the Amazon MP3 store, Bluetooth, and quad-band GSM support.
In April 2009, T-Mobile announced that it had sold over a million G1’s in the United States, accounting for two thirds of the devices on its 3G network. It was estimated that Android and the G1 had reached a market share of 6% in the United States. Android has since gone from strength to strength and has become one of the world’s most popular smartphone systems. The G1 was discontinued in July 2010 and its predecessors were the Nexus One, HTC Magic and the HTC DesireZ.