Thanks to our resident Android dev, Steve Albright, I came across this awesome post on Google+ from Google employee, Jean Baptiste Queru. It definitely got me reminiscing on my first time with Android and I figured this would make as great a post as any here on the site. I’ve always been one for reader interaction so lets take this idea and run with it. Here’s the post:
The official US release date of the T-Mobile G1, the first Android phone, was October 22 2008, i.e. 1000 days ago. We’ve come a long way in 1000 days.
The initial release of Android source code into the Android Open-Source Project was made one day before, on October 21 2008, i.e. 1001 days ago.
What’s your AOSP tale?
I’ll start (and I’ll try to keep it brief). I first got into Android thanks to the G1. I was T-Mobile for over 7 years and owned just about every Sidekick device under the sun. I wanted to experience the world’s first “Google phone” but I wanted to wait and see how their app Market would mature. So on the G1’s first birthday, I traded my Sidekick LX ’09 for the Gphone and got my first real taste of Android. It was amazing. Upon seeing a video on YouTube of a leaked Hero ROM running on the G1 (thanks, Haykuro) and I was drawn into the Android modding scene. From there I was flashing ROMs and hacking up my device when I noticed nobody was making videos on YouTube showing off ROMs or “how-to” videos. So I picked up my camera and shot my 1st Android ROM review. (I’ll consider posting later).
How about you? What’s your AOSP tale? Post your first Android device in the comments with a brief description of how you got here. This is going to be fun.