Android and the G1 Turned 5 Today. Let’s Celebrate!



5 years ago today, Google unveiled a new device they were working on called the G1. On the G1 there was this new mobile OS called Android. Little did they know they were changing history.

The HTC G1, or also referred to as the T-Mobile G1, set out to change the mobile platform and it did just that. Android offered a completely different mobile experience from iOS, and even had features in it that iOS finally got this year. The G1 was super slow and cartoony for today’s standard, but back then, it was something we wanted because we did not want to jump on that iPhone bandwagon.


  • 528 MHz ARM 11 processor
  • 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)
  • 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus camera
  • Li-Ion 1150 mAh battery
  • Android 1.0 {Cupcake}

Android has come a long way since its launch, and being that it is the top OS in the mobile market will only make the next 5 years that much easier. Check out my ridiculous video below celebrating Android and the G1. Let us know your thoughts on the birthday.

About the Author

David Pena
Been an Android nerd since the G1 days. I believe I hacked and flashed that phone into dust. Currently sport a Nexus 5 sized bulge in my pocket, which I am absolutely loving. I also host and produce The ManDroid Show every week and love talking Android to whoever wants to talk about it. So let's talk!

  • Tony C

    How time flies!

  • garry

    Already 5 years since I purchased my first ever g1 n I still have it but as a collection love that phone! Now I got the awesome n4.

  • Daniel

    The G1 came with Android 1.0, but cupcake was Android 1.5 which was an OTA update.

  • FILA

    It was once believed that the pre releases of Android were 1.0 = Astro, 1.1 = Bender, but on the flip side, new found information from Google shows that…

    Android 1.0 (No codename)
    Android 1.1 – Petit Four
    Android 1.5 – Cupcake
    Android 1.6 – Donut
    Android 2.0 – Éclair
    Android 2.1 – Éclair
    Android 2.2 – Froyo
    Android 2.3 – Gingerbread
    Android 3.0 – Honeycomb
    Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
    Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean

    The G1, what a great phone I never got. I regret that so much, but I wasnt to far off on time, I started on the HTC Magic!

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