The Android Operating System is currently the most popular operating system for mobiles, which is due to its open source nature. HTC was the first company to launch an Android device named HTC Dream in 2008. The HTC Dream, which was also known as the T-Mobile G1 in the US and some parts of Europe, was the first commercially launched device to be powered by Android OS.
The device was released not too long after Google purchased and officially launched the Android OS. The HTC Dream was praised for its solid and robust hardware design, but was still lacking in functionality when compared to its iOS, Blackberry and Symbian rivals. Nonetheless, the heavy integration with Google’s services and the notifications system made the device stand out.
The Dream was also released by T-Mobile (as T-Mobile G1) on 20th October 2008 in the US. The device’s operating system was Android 1.6 (Donut). It housed 192 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM and up to 16GB of external storage (microSD). HTC Dream was powered by 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery and 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM11 processor. It had a 3.15 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and featured a 3.2 inches capacitive touchscreen.
The device featured apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Search, Google Talk, and YouTube. It also comprised of other regular apps like calendar, contacts, alarm etc. In certain regions, HTC Dream was shipped with Cupcake (Android 1.5) as its operating system. An update was subsequently rolled out for those devices.