There was a time in the tech blogging world where we all speculated on the idea that Google was working on a phone. We kept calling it the “G Phone,” because we didn’t know what else to call it, and we figured it might go along the lines of the iPhone. I don’t think any of us predicted that it would not only be made by a third party, but that it would also end up being dubbed the Nexus One.
Jon Rettinger’s top 10 phones of all time has been an interesting trip down memory lane for me. As the “old man of TechnoBuffalo” I can remember all of the phones he has listed, even if they pre-date my time as a tech blogger. However, the Nexus One was one of the first phones I did actually cover. Android was still finding its legs, and no one was quite sure if Google could do anything outside of being a search engine at that point. Remember, this was before we found out the Mountain View company had all sorts of crazy ideas like wearable computing and self-driving cars. What could the Big G possibly know about phone operating systems?
I don’t think any of us could have possible envisioned a time where Android would enjoy 1.5 million activations a day or that it would be in an all out war with Apple for mobile dominance. Heck, mobile OS wars wasn’t even a thing yet.
Salute your forefathers, Android. They paved the road for the success you enjoy today.