Ten years ago, nobody expected that a great revolution was taking place in the mobile industry. We can now state with complete certainty that Google has hit the spot. Today, we are in a completely different market reality, but Android does not intend to disappear from it – on the contrary, it still strengthens the position of the undisputed leader.
When on 23 September 2008 clearly stressed Andy Rubin presented the first Android smartphone, no one expected that in a few years from this OS will be used by virtually all players on the mobile market – of course with the exception of Apple, which probably no one took seriously into account in this matter. T-Mobile G1 , which was the result of close cooperation of the mountain view giant from HTC, was not an outstanding device when it comes to design.
Copy, but do it better
It had a slide-out keyboard, which was an explicit inspiration for BlackBerry products, but in this case the solution worked really well, due to the appropriate distances between successive buttons, which facilitated the use of it. There was also a trackball that significantly facilitates the use of a web browser, although it is good to praise Google and HTC that they accidentally anticipated a completely unintelligible trend, which is very current nowadays – the T-Mobile G1 was deprived of the headphone connector, and the connection of headphones to the smartphone required us using a special adapter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZgCVqs_P-w In those days, everyone really compared new mobile devices to what Apple offered along with the second generation of iPhones. And if RIM (the then BlackBerry operator) did everything to make its devices similar to Apple smartphones (which was very average), so Google and HTC immediately set themselves apart from the current tycoon, which in many cases came to the advantage for a new player on the market. The already mentioned trackball and keyboard performed well in the context of web browser support, much better than the on-screen keyboard pushed by Apple, where taping on the link was associated with huge frustration. And although the T-Mobile G1 was simply an uglier smartphone from the second-generation iPhone, it is hard to appreciate the fact that according to the first customers' opinions it was more functional than the hardware with the logo of a bitten apple. Including the fact that Android from the very beginning enabled multitasking support, which Apple could not boast at the time.
Free development and "big explosion"
This model has been an android "excuse" for quite a long time – it was not until 2009 that the next equipment with this OS, i.e. HTC Magic, hit the market, and the real spill of equipment with the system from Google came in the autumn of the same year. The dynamic development of the system was a fact, even in spite of such charming failures as the ability to quickly reboot the device after entering the "reboot" slogan, created mainly due to its open architecture and rootability. However, already at the first edition of this system, Android allowed for a large personalization – we could use wallpapers, widgets and various icons. In addition, we had preinstalled Gmail applications or Google Maps, which is today's "basis basis".And who then expected that in the next few years Android would not only leave far behind the iOS from Apple, but also cause the sudden death of mobile operating systems from BlackBerry and (especially) Microsoft? Today, the Google system rules the market, being present in about 80% of smartphones around the world. I would rather not expect that this trend will change quickly, because Apple seems to be satisfied with what he has, and the views on the new competition are very vague.
Android is a force built on the weaknesses of others
Many of you probably will say that Android is a strong weakness of others – and of course this is a fact that is hard to deny, because I'm far from saying that the Google system is perfect. Everyone is not and everyone knows it, including users. Show me the OS, however, which is perfect and without flaws – this is obviously not and will never be. With the current market situation, however, we must admit that we can not count on an alternative – the percentage of moves from Android to iOS and vice versa is not too big, and each group quite "dug in" their own convictions and preferences in their camp. However, since Google did it, and BlackBerry and Microsoft do not, it means that Android is the closest to what we expect from the mobile system.Today, after the premiere of Android 8.1 Oreo, we are in a completely different development stage – the moment we will debut folded smartphones, the number of lenses on mobile devices soon will not count on the fingers of one hand, and notch still causes a lot of developers trouble. I must admit that in all this kolomyi, Google stands in the most ungrateful position – it is this group that must track the hardware whims of smartphone and tablet manufacturers and adapt their plans for the development of the system to them. This is not quite a comfortable situation, but I think it works quite well. Sure, we can complain about too long-lasting updates to newer versions of the system, gaps in architecture or problems with the correct operation of new distributions of this OS on older devices. The fact is that on such a scale the team from Mountain View simply, speaking with youth slang, is not overwhelmed, though at least in terms of updates – it definitely should.
Android is a milestone in the development of the industry
That is why – despite many problems and complaints – it is impossible to answer the title question differently than this: yes, Android is a source of pride for Google . Although probably not everything goes as it should, probably no one predicted that in 10 years this system will be in such a place when it comes to popularity and development. Many decisions were probably wrong, but it seems that even more of those hit, and as long as it is, it is difficult to look for any sensible competitor on the market.And the fact that Google has taken a lot of appropriate action at Google headquarters, let it be testified by the fact where there are companies and characters important for the beginnings of Android. Andy Rubin, the legendary creator of Android, tried to conquer the world with his Essential Phone, but nothing came of it and certainly today wonders whether leaving the warm post somewhere in the privacy of Google headquarters made sense. HTC yet ten years ago was in turn one of the largest players in this market, but today it is the object of derision and a company that drifts on a leaky raft in a completely unknown direction. So it seems that finding oneself in an ever-changing reality is not easy at all. source: androidpolice