” The HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1 in the United States of America and parts of Europe, and as the Era G1 in Poland) is a smartphone developed by HTC. First released in September 2008, the Dream was the first commercially released device to use the Linux-based Android operating system, which was purchased and further developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance to create an open competitor to other major smartphone platforms of the time, such as Symbian operating system, BlackBerry OS, and iPhone OS. The operating system offers a customizable graphical user interface, integration with Google services such as Gmail, a notification system that shows a list of recent messages pushed from apps, and Android Market for downloading additional apps.
Android is a mobile operating system (OS) based on the Linux kernel and currently developed by Google. With a user interface based on direct manipulation, Android is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, with specialized user interfaces for televisions (Android TV), cars (Android Auto), and wrist watches (Android Wear).
The Dream was released to mostly positive reception. While the Dream was praised for its solid and robust hardware design, the introduction of the Android operating system was met with criticism for its lack of certain functionality and third-party software in comparison to more established platforms, but was still considered to be innovative due to its open nature, notifications system, and heavy integration with Google’s services.
- Price of the phone during the launch : ₹ 29,990
- Launch date: 23/06/2009
- Networks supported: 2G/3G
- Sim Type: Mini-SIM
- Dimensions: 113 x 55 x 13.7
- Weight: 118.5g
- Keypad: touch / Track ball
- Android Version: 1.6 (Donut)
- Size: 3.2 inches
- Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels (~ 180 ppi pixel density)
- Memory: Internal 288MB ( Expandable), Ram 512MB
- Camera: Primary: 3.15MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus
- Video: [email protected]
- Secondary: No
- WLAN: Ei-Fi 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth: v2
- GPS: YES
- Radio: No
- USB: Mini USB
- Sensors: Accelerometer, compass
- Battery: Li-Ion 1340mAh
In July 2005, Google acquired Android Inc., a company led by Andy Rubin which was working on unspecified software for mobile devices. Under the leadership of Google, the team was in the process of developing a standardized, Linux-based operating system for mobile phones to compete against the likes of Symbian and Windows Mobile, which would be offered for use by individual original equipment manufacturers. Initial development of what would become Android was targeted towards a prototype device codenamed “Sooner”; the device was a messaging phone in the style of BlackBerry, with a small, non-touch screen, navigation keys, and a physical QWERTY keyboard. The January 2007 unveiling of the iPhone, Apple’s first smartphone, and its pioneering design aspects caught Rubin off-guard and led to a change in course for the project. The operating system’s design was quickly reworked, and attention shifted to a new prototype device codenamed “Dream”—a touchscreen device with a sliding, physical keyboard. The inclusion of a physical keyboard was intentional, as Android developers recognized users did not like the idea of a virtual keyboard as they lacked the physical feedback that makes hardware keyboards useful.
The Android operating system was officially unveiled in November 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA); a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. These companies included Google, along with HTC, a company who was at the time, one of the largest manufacturers of phones.While Google indicated in 2008 that several Linux devices were being tested in preparation for the official public launch of Android, only one was to be released in the United States that year—the HTC Dream. Plans called for the Dream to be released on T-Mobile USA by the end of the year (with some reports suggesting October 2008), targeting the holiday shopping season. Sprint had worked with the OHA, but had not yet unveiled any plans to release an Android phone of its own, while Verizon Wireless and AT&T did not have any plans for Android devices yet at all.