Android officially celebrates its 5th birthday

When do you celebrates one’s birthday? In some cultures, it’s starts with conception. Others say it’s when you’re actually delivered and come into the world. That being said, depending on how you celebrate birthdays, today is officially Android’s 5th birthday.

Formed in 2007, the Open Handset Alliance was assembled consisting of heavy weights like Google, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and LG, who all banded together, choosing Android as their platform of choice. Here was their creed:

Each member of the Open Handset Alliance is strongly committed to greater openness in the mobile ecosystem. Increased openness will enable everyone in our industry to innovate more rapidly and respond better to consumers’ demands. Our first joint project as a new Alliance is Android™. Android was built from the ground up with the explicit goal to be the first open, complete, and free platform created specifically for mobile devices.

Holy cow, how right they were. We’ve all reaped the benefits of an open ecosystem. Competition has move ahead at blazing (sometimes too fast) speeds, and here we are today with HD displays and quad-core devices in our pocket. Feels good, don’t it?

Android Inc. was originally founded by Andy Rubin — the man who brought you the Sidekick —  and Google snatched him, and Android up, back in 2005.  On November 5th, 2007 — Android was officially announced (although the SDK wasn’t made available until the 12th) and my, how far we’ve come. Here’s a quick ancient YouTube video from the early Android creators introducing their all new mobile platform. (I promised myself I wouldn’t cry).

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  • Rdfry

    And its a damn good thing otherwise we would be stuck with the boring as ios that would have developed at an even slower pace than it already has

    • Chris Chavez

      Serious. While the iPhone was good competition for awhile, it was the competition within Android that moved the mobile industry forward at a blistering pace.

    • Pnutt916

      Thank you Google for making sure I never had to be a sheep!

      • RavenFox

        A drink to that buddy

  • DavidVarghese

    Well, damn. 5 years already?
    Happy birthday to my favorite green robot.

  • violator702

    I still wanted 5 Nexus devices to be released today!

    • No_Nickname90

      Hmm… 7 were suppose to come out so let’s see…
      Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10. That’s 3!!

      Or is it to be counted as Nexus 7 (4), Nexus 4 (1), Nexus 10 (2). So the different models are the 7 total. LoL!! Wow…

      P.S. The numbers in parenthesis are the total amount of models.

      • Chris Chavez

        Just give me a 5.5-inch Nexus Note and I can die happy.

        • lolwut


        • Lennatron

          I don’t know how I’d control myself if that actually happened . . .

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          The universe would explode from the sheer awesomeness of a 5.5 Nexus Note (and damn, that name has a nice ring to it!)

        • Hadi Khalid

          I dream of seeing a Nexus Lumia one day. Stupid stubborn Nokia.

    • phinn

      I’d be happy with even one that would work on my carrier (Verizon). Google fucked me.

      • LawrenceMcatee

        Implying it wasn’t the best sex of your life.

      • Jamille Browne

        You fucked yourself when you decided to splurge for verizon as your cellular carrier.

      • RavenFox

        Sorry but that’s your fault

  • No_Nickname90

    Wait!! What about the HTC G1? Didn’t that come out in October? Oh wait!! Dohye!! Android then the next year the HTC G1. =.P

    • Chris Chavez

      Yup. Android was announced 5 years ago today and next October the G1 will turn 5 — which, if you ask me, is more like Android’s birthday. Seeing how it was “birthed” on the G1.

      • dbest180

        I miss my G1.That little chin. My first update. Frustrating poor app design. Cyanogen. Gmail. Notification bar which we take for granted now. That iconic little device that started it all. Three cheers for G1.

  • pr0xidian

    I love my Galaxy note 2 so much. Nothing can hold a candle to it.

    • Chris Chavez

      5 years ago, did you ever think you’d be holding a 5.5-inch smartphone in your pocket?

      • Fuzzypaw

        Heck, last WEEK I didn’t think I would be due to the cost of the thing, until I found a way to make it work this week… waiting for mine to come :D

  • Chris Chavez

    Lol. Someone is going through and downvoting everyone. Must be an Apple fanboy. :p

    • lav0c

      I shall upvote EVERYONE to balance it all out. Whoever you are, I’m the Yin to the Yang, which is you. I would not exist without you. You have only yourself to blame.

      • Jamille Browne

        Its this guy^

      • RavenFox

        voted up up up

    • peanutsrevenge

      Seen that a few times before here, the easiest way to tell is when there’s a down vote on a nothing comment that doesn’t deserve the effort of moving the mouse.

      BTW it’s comments like “(I promised myself I wouldn’t cry).” that gives it away that it’s one your articles ;)

    • HellG

      Who ever you are…I’m going to find…..And i’m going to kill you *serious emotion*

    • Gordon Holmes

      They would only do that if they felt a little jealous..

  • ORITGuy

    Too bad that by “greater openness” they meant mainly for manufacturers and carriers to corrupt it, bloat it, and lock it down…
    But I love Android!

    • Chris Chavez

      It was always meant for the manufacturer to do with it as they pleased. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be open.

      • Jamille Browne

        Thats what she said. Somehow it works.

  • Jayshmay

    WoW!!! 5yrs already? It’ll be interesting to see what Key Lime Pie brings! I like the enhancements to the notifications in Jellybean.

  • Pnutt916

    Happy birthday Andy!

  • anywherehome

    thank you Google for your democracy with mobile OS’s and thank you about forgetting what OEM means for our homes :)

  • Frankie Abaddon

    He’s missing 4 more Candles.

  • CWeb

    I still remember getting my G1

  • TalkingMoose

    Three years ago today was the Droid, by Motorola, the first “mainstream” Android device. From there, the explosion began and Android never looked back.

  • Jamille Browne

    They grow up so fast :’)

  • Guest

    Who won the nexus 7 tablets?

  • PhaseBurn

    5 Years already, damn… Kudos, Mr. Rubin, Google, and everybody else from those old days. I remember you fondly… Even if you don’t remember me any more… *sigh*

  • Jose Andino

    Happy birthday to our favorite lil green robot Andy. It sure is amazing how fast the years passed since my first android phone the G1 which I still have in it’s original box and never getting rid of it.

  • Sway Medina

    i remember when the G1 came out, i bought it for $35 from some guy who “found it”

  • BoomerJMoore

    I never knew this! My birthday is November 5th as well! First V for Vendetta and now this?? Oh joy!!

  • ilh

    “Our first joint project”…I wonder what’s next.

  • Michael Thompson

    I have to tell ya.
    I haven’ had this much fun with portables since the Palm years.
    I loves me some Android.

  • saynotopunx

    Happy birthday, Android!

  • Micha Ols

    Happy Birthday Android! You who managed to bring Linux to the masses like no Desktop Linux Distribution ever did.
    P.S. Andy Rubin’s Welsh Terrier is so adorable! I love Welshies!

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    I heard Android has been in development since 2005. Crazy how time flies.

  • agl82

    Happy Birthday, Android! =)

  • Gordon Holmes

    Happy 5th Birthday Android 0-75% world market share in 5 years well done.

  • Dagmar Schneitz

    Nope! This birthday is right if this is the day Android is announced to the world. I can’t believe it’s been this long. Now how about some 5th birthday deals and discounts?

  • Michael Lee

    November 5th is my birthday too. :D

    Could it be a sign that I may someday work at Google? Perhaps not, but it’s fun to dream.


    I’d count the date it was released for the public to buy. (December 5th 2008) I think this was the date.

  • cammykool

    site hasnt been updated since 2011

  • fiandz

    happy birthday android! thank you for all the good times, many more to come!

  • jishnu

    Happy Birthday Android.Chinese market has given you a gift also “High rise in malwares”.