Before android phones and iphones were launched, the phone market was full of feature phones with limited technology behind.
But after Steve Jobs launched the first iphone, which many feel is the first smartphone, the whole mobile phone industry witnessed a sudden change.
Android and IOS has become a household name when it comes to mobile phones operating system and has introduced one by one the lovely features we see and do on our smartphones today.
Here is a little history of android phones and iphones. In this post, you’ll know the first android phone, first android phone with fingerprint sensor, first iphone and so more.
The first iPhone
The original iPhone, which is the first iphone ever was released on June 29, 2007 by Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs.
It came with new features such as an auto-rotate sensor, a multi-touch sensor that allowed multiple inputs while ignoring minor touches, a touch interface that replaced the traditional QWERTY keyboards, and many other features.
The original iphone set the standard for modern devices. “Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” said Steve Jobs at the time, and he was right – but the original iPhone had no third-party apps, no 3G, no GPS and no video recording.
After the original iphone saw a huge success, Apple came out with a more internet-focused ios phone.
Missing from the original iPhone was 3G support, which was the top data speed of the time.
The iPhone 3G was made even more desirable by all the apps that could be purchased for it in the AppStore when it was released in July of 2008.
What is the first android phone?
In 2008, HTC signed up to be the first manufacturer to make Android phones after the backing of the project by Google.
Soon after, the OS got considerable attention from other manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, Motorola and many more.
The first android phone or the first phone to use the Android operating system is HTC Dream which is also known as the T-Mobile G1 or The G1 phone.
It was launched by HTC on 22nd October 2008. It had quirky design elements like the swing-out keyboard and the “chin”.
Few months after the first Google Android mobile operating system powered device made its debut, a second Android phone has been announced.
The Samsung Galaxy, known as Samsung GT-I7500 in some countries, is the first mobile phone manufactured by Samsung that used the open source Android operating system.
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It was announced on 27 April 2009 and was released on 29 June 2009.
The Samsung I7500 was a cutting-edge smartphone, featuring a 3.2″ AMOLED full touch screen and 7.2Mbps HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, giving users access to Google™ Mobile services and full web browsing at blazing speeds.
Google Nexus One
What is the first Google smartphone?
The first Google Nexus smartphone was the Nexus One.
The Nexus One was manufactured by HTC and released in January 2010 as the first Nexus phone. It was released with Android 2.1 Eclair, and was updated in May 2010 to be the first phone with Android 2.2 Froyo.
What’s a Nexus?
Nexus is an Android phone made through a collaboration between Google and another popular smartphone manufacturer.
The Nexus program is Google’s way of offering a “stock,” or pure version of Android to users.
Now we’ve seen the first Google smartphone which is the Nexus one but it not manufactured by Google themselves.
So what is the first Android smartphone designed, developed and marketed by Google? Keep on reading.
The iPhone 4 was a big one. It was released on June 24, 2010.
iphone 4 was the first iPhone with a front-facing camera, the first iPhone with some level of multitasking, and one of the most significant iPhones Apple has ever made.
It had a new, sleeker, more modern look, and massively increased the pixel count while keeping the same 3.5-inch display size (this was the first Retina display).
What is the first Android phone to get a fingerprint sensor?
Motorola is the first company to offer a fingerprint sensor in its flagship Smartphone. In 2011, among Android phones, Motorola Atrix became the standard-bearer by getting this feature.
The first Android fingerprint (rear-mounted) smartphone ran Android 2.2 (Froyo), and packed 16 GB, 1 GB RAM.
It is important to note that, the world’s first phone with a working fingerprint sensor was Pantech GI100 which was launched back in 2004.
The modern-day fingerprint scanner revolution however started from the time iPhone 5s was launched, and TouchID was something which attracted the consumers.
Apple followed Motorola adding a fingerprint reader in its Flagship phone iPhone 5s in 2013 and naming it as TouchID.
At first, the fingerprint scanner was used just for unlocking the device, but now it is also capable of making secure transactions. Later on, Samsung followed.
Another first was the 64-bit A7 processor inside the iphone 5s, an architecture change that other manufacturers have since followed.
In 2016, Google realized that working with outside partners to build their phones was no longer the right strategy.
Instead, the company tapped HTC to produce a phone that Google would design and develop all on its own.
That internal work eventually led to Google Pixel and Pixel XL, both launched in 2016.
The Pixel was designed by and is marketed as being a Google product; although the company used HTC as a contract manufacturer, Google has said that the Pixels are not based on any existing HTC device.
So we can say the first wholly-owned Google smartphone was the Pixel.
Oppo F3 smartphone was launched in May 2017 and runs Android 6.0
Oppo F3 is the first smartphone to feature a dual front facing camera configuration, one 16 and one 8 megapixel, designed to offer better looking selfies and a wider range of shooting options.
Motorola Moto X4
Motorola Moto X4 launched in mid-2017, it was the first non-Google Android One phone to hit U.S. shores.
The Moto X4’s camera app has a built-in object recognition feature that’s akin to Google Lens and Bixby Vision: it can identify books, food, and artwork and serve up useful information about them.
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In August 2017, Nokia launched its first Android smartphone. It is called Nokia 8.
The Nokia 8 runs Android 7.1.1 and is powered by a 3090mAh non removable battery.
Oppo Find X
Find X is the first Android smartphone to use 3D Structured Light Technology.
Using 15,000 facial dot recognition and intelligent access, the O-Face Recognition technology is said to be 20-times safer than fingerprint recognition when it comes to unlocking the smartphone.
It includes artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced cameras, with a 25MP “AI-enhanced 3D Camera” on the front, which “intelligently analyses features such as face, nose and eyes to naturally personalise your selfie”, and 16MP+20MP dual rear cameras, with AI Scene Recognition to identify 800 settings.
Oppo Find X runs a redesigned version of ColorOS 5.1 (a customised version of Android 8.1 Oreo), modified for the device’s “panoramic arc screen”.
Vivo X20 Plus UD
The world’s first phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor is here. Vivo X20 Plus UD smartphone was launched in January 2018 and runs Android 7.1.
Vivo, a major Chinese smartphone brand owned by the same company behind Oppo and OnePlus, has announced the X20 Plus UD, the first ever smartphone to ship with the technology.
The phone is the result of collaboration between Vivo and Synaptics, the US-based sensor maker.
Vivo X20 Plus UD will be the first phone to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor.