Despite being first available on 23 September 2008, Android wasn’t actually made available in a smartphone until October 22nd of that year, something that the maths geek in you might recognise as five years ago, and is the day that the T-Mobile G1/ HTC Dream/ Era G1 was available with the first version of Android, Android 1.1 selling over a million units worldwide.

But what exactly happened after that?

Android Cupcake attack!!!!

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Shortly after the first and second version of Android was announced, Google jumped ship on April 30, 2009 and announced the first version of Android to feature its own food related name, called Android 1.5 Cupcake, it added support for widgets, video recording and a virtual on-screen keyboard for touch screen devices.

The Nexus One broke free, January 5th 2010

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On January 5th, Google announced something that a lot of people would say is one of their best moments, called the Nexus One, it came completely unlocked and sold directly from the Google Play Store, promising up to date software updates.

Android Gingerbread released, December 6th 2010

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Now one of the most used mobile operating systems in the entire world, you could argue that ANdroid Gingerbread was one of the most important releases in the history of the mobile OS, bringing support for NFC, it featured a new simple and easy to use interface and worked with various new gyroscopes and barometers.

The Motorola Xoom was announced, February 24th 2011

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Just under a year after Google announced the release of Gingerbread they updated it to Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which added support for multicore processors and allowed manufactures to replace hardware navigation buttons with virtual ones, allowing Motorola to release what become the first official tablet for Android and was dubbed the Motorola Xoom.

19 October 2011- Google announces Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Just a few months after 3.0, Google upgraded their mobile OS to 4.0 which featured another new design for the system, as well as the introduction of Android Beam and Google’s new Chrome web browser. Oh you could also unlock your phone with your face.

June 29th 2012- Google announces both Android 4.1 and the Nexus 7/ Q

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During the 2012 Google I/O event, Google announced a selection of new products which all started with another new version of Android, dubbed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it brought with it some new optimisations Google liked to call Project Butter which was said and has been proven to bring a number of speed improvements to the OS, the only problem, there’s still not many devices running it.

The Nexus 7 was also announced at the event, alongside the killed off Nexus Q.

July 24th 2013 – The new Nexus 7 was announced.

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An updated version of Google’s Nexus 7 was announced at their event in July, alongside the introduction of Android 4.3 which brought OpenGL 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

What’s next?

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Rumors suggest that Google may soon announce both a new version of Android (which we already know to be called Android 4.4 KitkAt), alongside the release of the Nexus 5, aside from which, Google’s next step for Android can only be a guess.

Whatever it is however, we would just like to say, Happy Birthday Android!

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