Happy 13th birthday, Android!

Did you know that Android has two birthdays, depending on when you count? Of course, it was in development for years before the public saw it. However, it was “born” on the date of its first commercial launch (September 23, 2008) or on the date of its first official presentation by Google on November 5, 2007. Well, that last date coincides with today , so happy 13 (more or less) birthday, Android.

On November 5, 2007, the “Open Handset Alliance” was revealed after long speculation that Google would enter the phone market, following the purchase of a small company called “Android.” Rumors had swirled about a possible ‘Gphone’, but Google overridden them when he announced that Android would be an open platform for anyone. Companies like Motorola, Qualcomm, HTC, and T-Mobile were on board to help deliver the hardware and partnerships that the nascent platform would require.

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Google promised that Android it would change the status quo, and it definitely did. Now claim more than 72% of the global market share of telephones, according to some recent estimates. It is the primary vehicle that has enabled billions of people to go online in emerging markets. Simply put, it’s the reason our site exists.

Earlier this year, we got our hands on an Android prototype that predates almost everything we’ve come to know about the platform. I spent the better part of a week (again) using it as my primary mobile. If you’ve ever wondered what Android could have looked like if it debuted during the Blackberry era, here it is.

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Whichever you choose to celebrate: Happy 13th Birthday, Android.