Happy 7th Birthday, Android (and Phandroid)!



Last month we celebrated the T-Mobile G1’s (the very first Android phone) 6 year anniversary, but Android didn’t get its start on that date. It was November 5th, 2007 when Google’s Open Handset Alliance officially announced the infant mobile operating system from visionary Andy Rubin (who has since left the Android team and Google to pursue other passions). Rubin had actually been working on the operating system since 2003, and he and his team were courted by Google in 2005 to lead up to its coming out party in the two years to follow. Here were some of his original words on the announcement way back when:

Despite all of the very interesting speculation over the last few months, we’re not announcing a Gphone. However, we think what we are announcing — the Open Handset Alliance and Android — is more significant and ambitious than a single phone. In fact, through the joint efforts of the members of the Open Handset Alliance, we hope Android will be the foundation for many new phones and will create an entirely new mobile experience for users, with new applications and new capabilities we can’t imagine today.

He couldn’t have been any more spot on, save for the fact that it became far bigger than even their wildest imagination and expectation. No one quite knew what to expect from Android when Google first got their hands on it, but considering the Mountain View company’s success in other areas to that point many knew it had the potential to turn out to be something special.

And that’s why Phandroid was born on the very same day. We take great pride in the fact that we share a birthday with Android. As the very first publication to exclusively report Android news, Phandroid shares a very deep connection with Android and everything surrounding it.


We’ve covered all angles of the platform exhaustively for 7 long years to date. We’ve watched it grow from a stumbling baby of a phone operating system into a stable, mature and beautiful platform used on everything from watches and televisions to washing machines and eye glasses. We’ve also harbored one of the biggest and most passionate community of Android enthusiasts over at AndroidForums.com and couldn’t be more excited to share that moment with them.

It’s been quite the journey, and the craziest part is it’s only just begun. We hope for many more years of innovation and excitement as long as Android stays as relevant as it’s always been.


We can’t imagine anyone knew Google would be able to beat the likes of Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft in the smartphone arena, but they did, and they did so in a convincing fashion by controlling a vast majority of the worldwide market share for many consecutive months and years.

While it may be true that the iPhone and iOS inspired a bit of Android’s transformation to a touch-oriented operating system from one controlled solely by a keyboard and trackball, it was the openness and freedom Android provided for manufacturers to create any device they want that would go on to continue to shape the smartphone industry into what it is today. Heck, even Apple is beginning to get on board with ideas from some of Android’s most major manufacturers.

And things are stronger and better than ever. We’ve got three hot new Nexus devices launching for the holiday seasons, and Google’s biggest system upgrade yet is beginning to create the sort of excitement and buzz that only Android seems to be able to create. We can’t see things slowing down anytime soon, so be sure to wish Android a happy birthday on this fine afternoon and look forward to many, many more!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Happy Birthday!

  2. i still got my my touch 3g running android 1.5 maybe ill make it a birthday cake with lollipops instead of candles later

  3. I’m not sure how long I’ve been here. But happy birthday!

  4. It’s my birthday too! It’s cool to share a birthday with Android.

    1. What are the odds?! 7 billion people divided by 365. Ohhhhhh…. :)

      1. I never once said it was rare. I’m so tired of everyone feeling the need to write a smart ass comment for absolutely no reason.

        1. I have a reason. It’s a hobby.

  5. Been here a few years (mostly lurking, only posting in the last year or so), but I’ve been with Android since trading in my iPhone 3G for the T-Mobile G1. I’ve had a bunch of Android devices throughout the years:

    -T-Mobile G1

    -HTC EVO 4G

    -Motorola Photon

    -Samsung Galaxy S2

    -Samsung Galaxy S3

    -Nexus 7 (2012)

    -Nexus 7 (2013)

    -Samsung Galaxy S4

    -HTC One M8 (Harman Kardon)

    -LG Nexus 5

    -Nvidia Shield Tablet

    Okay, I think I have a problem with buying devices. I’ll just stop…. after I buy the Nexus 6. Anyhoo, Happy Birthday Android and Phandroid!

    1. I have a similar addition to Adroid Devices:

      T-Mobile HTC G1
      Motorola Cliq
      LG G2x
      Samsung Galaxy S2
      Nexus 4
      Samsung Galaxy Note 2
      Nexus 7 (2012)
      Nexus 7 (2013)
      Samsung Galaxy Note 3
      HTC One M8
      Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Currently)

      Much more to come!

      1. HTC Droid Eris
        HTC Droid Incredible
        HTC Thunderbolt
        HTC Rezound
        Galaxy Nexus VZW
        Galaxy Nexus GSM
        Nexus 5
        Nexus 10
        Android forever!

  6. Still have al my android devices although most of them are not working anymore. My first one was the Samsung Galaxy Spica, second, Samsung Galaxy s2 unfortunately it didn’t survive my motorcycle accident. After that I bought a samsung galaxy note 1 and now I own a Nexus 5

  7. That’s amazing, for some reason I thought Android had been around longer because the OS seems so mature. I bought my first Android phone last November, (the amazing Nexus 5). Prior to that, I was a loyal Nokia supporter for many years. There was a learning curve switching to the Android OS being so accustomed to Symbian. The Nexus 5 helped in that regard being a pure Android core phone. I never thought I would embrace another OS the way I embraced Symbian but Android has changed that. Reading this article made me think of all that and thought I should share it. Hope I didn’t bore too much! Anyways, Happy birthday Android and Phandroid!

  8. Heppy Birfday.

    Been here since almost the beginning. Glad you guys were able to stick around (thanks to advertising $$$) as the “lighter” android news source. (IMO: androidcentral’s stuffy and traditional; androidpolice is nuts and bolts, and, I don’t visit any others, ‘cept anandtech’s crazy in-depth device/display reviews)

  9. Wow! Soooo….Sporpio, huh? Android is a freak. (wink)

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