The First Android Phone Turned 13! What Were Its Features?

Get some fresh air in the smartphone industry, Android debuted with HTC Dream. So what were the features of this phone?

In today’s smartphone market, almost no manufacturer develops its own operating system, except: Apple and Huawei. Instead of the cost and burden of improving the experience, manufacturers use android powered by Google and a huge community. In fact, the debut of Android, which is now even coming to the onboard systems of cars, was with the HTC Dream. We remembered the features of this legendary phone.

HTC Dream, the first Android phone

Also known as T-Mobile G1, this device is the pioneer of an operating system that will change the world. HTC Dream, which has only 256MB of storage, Android system files, which today take up gigabytes of space on our phones, could fit into this 256MB of storage. Compared to today’s android, we can’t find a match, except maybe both show the time.

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We are talking about 2008 and HTC was a giant back then. T-Mobile actually went to HTC to manufacture this phone. While the features of the resulting phone are not fully known, we do know a few details.

  • Screen: 3.2 inch 320 × 480 TFT
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM7201A
  • Graphics unit: Adreno 130 0.52GHz
  • RAM: 192MB
  • Storage: 256 MB (expandable via SD card)
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0; Mini USB port (not Micro!)
  • Thickness: 17.1mm
  • Weight: 158 grams
  • Operating System: Android 1.0

Android was intimidated by Apple because it was open source and backed by the giants of the time. Steve Jobs also said a few words before dying for this open source software, which is a competitor to the iOS operating system. Although he promised to “destroy Android” in 2011, he never worked on that promise.

Get as many updates as a Pixel

One of the issues that Android is most criticized for is that manufacturers release few updates for their phones. Pixel phones have never faced this criticism because they are from Google. HTC Dream also got quite a few updates, just like a Pixel. The last update for the device was Android 1.6 Donut. As it stands, Android versions have not jumped to the next generation from year to year, but progressed from the next step of the current version.

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The number of sales of HTC Dream was announced as 1 million. While these phones had good success in their own right, the Motorola Droid would be the phone that really upgraded Android. This phone had Android distributed and sold 250,000 in the first week, which is what happened when the Samsung Galaxy S came out with Android.

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