that sound has become a gadget meme ever since the first “iDon’t: Droid Does” commercials hit TV in late October. Let’s do it again.
I’ve been following the development of the Android operating system since the early rumblings of it began to hit the interwebs in mid 2007. When it was first unveiled in November of that same year, I was stoked. Stoked for many reasons:
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1) i love Google. Simple as that, Google has made the internet more or less idiot proof. There search works, unlike other search engines that claim to make “the decision making process easier.” (i’ll give you a hint. It rhymnes with Ping and is made my Microsoft). I use Google Docs, Gmail, and have used just about every other service Google has offered from time to time. One of my two main browsers are Google Chrome, I use Google Wave, I’ve used Google Voice-and the list grows and grows and grows.
2) Smartphones have seemingly become so…whats the word? Boring. Blackberry has been Blackberry has been Blackberry since the DAWN OF TIME it seems. They’ve done nothing to make their products innovative and new. While I LOVED my Blackberry Storm, I knew it was time for a change…
3) OPEN DEVELOPMENT. I was tired of paying for apps from my carrier, or from some company produced app full of propaganda and censorship. I was pumped when I heard that anyone could develop freely for Android-and not really be bounds by any stupid App Store rules that other companies install on their Markets.
those are just the top three-plus, i’m a nerd. it was hot, new and exciting.
So the months passed, and T-Mobile had launched the G1-the first US Android device. then they launched the MyTouch3G (aka G2). Rumblings of Sprint getting in on the party began, and which has been seen by the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment. TMo’s stock went up with recent devices like the Nexus One (for what its worth) and the MyTouchSlide.
But where was big red in all of this?
In October 2009-Google and Verizon announced a partnership for
global domination the release of new Android powered devices on Verizon Wireless. Once the manufacturs were announced, the world went nuts. HTC and Motorola.
While I’m not a FAN of HTC devices, per se-they’re the undisputed King of Android phones. They’ve been pumping them out for every carrier, and are even responsible for the “Google Phone”-the Nexus One.
Motorola? They didn’t have the best track record up until that point. Sure, everyone and their mother owned a RAZR at one point or another, but since then-they seemed to be nothing but fail.
then the comercials came.
The first shot was fired at Apple, AT&T, and the iPhone. Verizon had entered the viral marketing realm-that has worked so well for Hollywood in the past few years (read: Cloverfield, The Dark Knight). People pulled up droiddoes.com on their computers, and saw the countdown.
Then..the reveal. The times square takeover.
November 6th came and went-and a new revolution in mobile smartphones was born.
Verizon Wireless + Google =
the empire the future of android.
Motorola released the “Droid”, while HTC released the “Droid Eris”. VZW paid George Lucas millions of dollars to use the name “Droid” (for what reason I’m still not really sure, seems like a waste to me)-but it paid off.
Fast forward. It’s now May 2010, and the Droid has been out for a little over 6 months. I’m one of the
THOUSANDS MILLIONS who have had their Droid since day one-and I cannot look back. While Blackberry is moving to OS 6-and it looks to be an improvement. I simply cannot go back.
While I love Apple products, and secretly lust over the iPhone HD eventually hitting Verizon-I’m not sure if I can switch over.
You buy a Blackberry Tour, and six months later its replaced by the Bold.
You buy an iPhone 3G, and three momths later, AT&T pushes out the 3GS.
Android is future proof. Even low end devices like the HTC Droid Eris are getting updated to the newest operating versions-as the Eris just got pushed out to Android 2.1 this week. The Droid should be expecting the Android 2.2 push within the next 2 months (YAY!), and everything will continue to grow and evolve.
Android has a bright future. Six months after the Droid came out, Verizon is already pushing out FIVE different Android devices. The Motorola Droid (aka Big Daddy Droid), the HTC Droid Eris, the Motorola Devour, and the HTC Droid Incredible. The LG Ally will be launching on May 20th-which is running Android 2.1, the Motorola Shadow is due out next month, as well as a couple Samsung Android devices, and probably another HTC one.
plus let’s not forget the eventual Droid2.
VZW is up to their ears in Androidy goodness. T-Mobile has the G1, the MyTouch, The MyTouchSlide, the Nexus One, the MotoCliq, the MotoCliq XT, and the Samsung Behold 2. Sprint has the Hero and the Moment. US Cellular is getting the HTC Desire. Hell, Cricket Wireless is getting the Kyocera Zio (or…something like that) which is an android device. It’s inSANE.
Android and Google has no where to go but forward from here. Take OVER the Smartphone world.
As long as new updates are made available from Google-and pushed to most, if not all devices-than I can definitly see sticking with one Android device for the long haul. Like I said, Google has put minimum specs on devices-to ensure they’ll be able to handle the newest updates. They’ve future proofed their products.
We’ve seen new innovations in Android, the HTC EVO 4G is the next step in Evolution for Sprint. The Shadow / Droid2 will be the next step for Verizon. AT&T..well..they got the backflip right?! right?…okay so yeah they still fail.
I haven’t seen 2 Droid come into my store looking alike. It’s so easy to make this “My Device” or “My Droid”. Theres no physical limit to what it can do. if you root your device, that customization becomes EVEN GREATER.
Android is the future of smartphones. As open development continues, as companies push the limits of what the operation system can do, as google continues to innovate, I can see Android easially toppling Windows Mobile and Blackberry. We’ve already surpassed the iPhone, and now it’s time to take out the big guns.
the war is on!
when theres no limit to what droid gets.
theres no limit-to what droid DOES.