Today in 2008, Google executives stood on stage and announced the much-rumored T-Mobile G1 (also known as the HTC Dream). It was the first commercial product to run a new, Linux-based operating system called Android. It turned out pretty OK.
I was worried that 50 "3G" phones might tear down the new T-Mobile 3G network! We switched half of them to WiFi tested them all out and packed up for the night.
I was so excited I couldn't sleep - we were about to change the world.
And here's how that world-changing announcement went down:
The G1 itself wasn't a life-changer from the get-go, but it showed promise. Enough that it seemed possible—if not a foregone conclusion—that Android could take off and make a serious impact in the world of mobile phones. With a capacitive touchscreen, augmented with a physical keyboard and a trackball, the G1 was a showcase for all the fancy tricks the brand new Android
1.6 "Donut" 1.0 could pull off, like email, Google Maps, and mobile web-browsing. Exciting stuff.