Android celebrates its fourth birthday

Android is marking its fourth birthday this week and from where we’re sitting, the little green guy is looking pretty strong so far.

As noted in our source story from PCWorld, the world’s first Androidphone was released on Sept. 23, 2008. That landmark device, theT-Mobile G1, was launched more than a year after the first iPhone wasborn at Apple.

A lot has happened in the four years since Android was unleashed on theworld.

Android 4.1, known as Jelly Bean,the lastest incarnation of Google’s mobile OS. (Photo: Google.com) 

Back when Android was launched in 2008 “most consumers still hadregular cell phones instead of smartphones,Palm OS was still a contender, Research in Motion was on a BlackBerryCurve-fuelled and Pearl-fuelled upswing, and there was no such thing asan iPad,” PC Worldrecalls.

And now? We’ve got Samsung’s Android phones giving iPhone a run fortheir money (court cases notwithstanding), Android tablets launchingleft and right, and Android as the overall leader in smartphone salesoperating systems worldwide, including Canada.

Looking ahead to the next few years, Android’s challenges will includeSamsung’s patent case with Apple, the need to develop more Androidtablet apps, and adding more upgraded features to Android smartphonesin lightof what’s just been added to iPhone 5, PC World suggests.

Source | PCWorld

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Christine Wong
Christine Wonghttp://www.itbusiness.ca
Christine Wong has been an on-air reporter for a national daily show on Rogers TV and at High Tech TV, a weekly news magazine on CTV's Ottawa affiliate. She was also an associate producer at Report On Business Television (now called BNN) and CBC's The Hour With George Stroumboulopoulos. As an associate producer at Slice TV, she helped launch two national daily talk shows, The Mom Show and Three Takes. Recently, she was a Staff Writer at ITBusiness.ca and is now a freelance contributor.

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