Google’s first Android public beta has reached its ten year anniversary – highlighting an operating system that grew from a BlackBerry-style canvas into a touch-capable juggernaut.
Ten years ago, Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin showed off the first public beta of Android – the smartphone operating system that the company touted as its own contender to BlackBerry OS and later Apple’s iOS.
Prior to the debut of the iPhone, Google styled Android as the challenger tipped to usurp the likes of HTC, Nokia, and BlackBerry from their respective thrones; the Android ecosystem was intended to be developed alongside physical QWERTY keyboard and would have worked closely with Google’s core services at the time.
Following the debut of the iPhone and iPhone OS (later iOS), Google pivoted to enable Android to mature as a touch-focused operating system that catered to the needs of developers with the Android Marketplace.
Over time, that offering matured into the Google Play Store, which went on to do battle with the iOS App Store. In the years since, Android’s major iterations have birthed a considerable hardware portfolio, led by giants such as Samsung, LG, and HTC. Ironically, even BlackBerry, Nokia, and Google itself would one day produce their own respective Android handsets.
What remains consistent throughout Android’s storied history remains Google’s priority to develop an open ecosystem through which developers and creators have been able to offer unique extensions and applications – a hallmark feature of what is now the world’s most popular operating system.
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