Myth Buster: What Came First? The iPhone Or Android Phone? [INFOGRAPHIC]

That’s one question that’s in all our heads. Was it the iPhone that revolutionized touch-screen mobiles or was it Android that started the whole smartphone thing. Many have argued that the iPhone was the device that all the Android phones are based on, if there was no iPhone, there would’ve been no real smartphone.

Currently, when someone’s in the market to buy a smartphone they either look for an iPhone or an Android phone. That’s what it has come down to, an epic battle that will probably never end. The guys at Apple Gazette took out some time from their not so busy schedule and constructed this infographic, which shows that the situation is not how it looks. Apparently, Android OS did come before iOS or iPhone, but it wasn’t called that and was in its rudimentary form. Furthermore the first true Android device, the HTC Dream (G1), came almost one year after the release of the iPhone.

Did Android Or iOS Come First? [Infographic]

Technically, Android only got its name after Google purchased it in 2005, however, it wasn’t made official till after the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Looks like the iPhone is the winner here! What do you think? You may have your own opinions, but I’m pretty sure that Apple did come out with the first true smartphone.

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  • Adriandx80

    What about the nokia symbian series phones? My phone could play mp3s from an mmc card, watch full length movies, read and send e-mails, play advanced games both online and offline (like THPS, Tomb Raider and so on), remote control my winamp library/player and even remote controll my tvs. And this was in 2003!!!

  • BatesOut

    Did you have to mention Symbian, what an absolutely wank piece of shit OS that was/is .. If not for their build quality they would have gone under a long time ago !!!!

  • AppleFanBoi

    Same could be said for apples OS’s in the past.

  • Blah

    Technically in my opinion both are very wrong. Blackberry began the beginning smartphone movement.

  • Michael Schnier

    While there were BlackBerry pagers around earlier, IIRC the first device to have all the elements of an app phone would have been the Palm Treo 160.

  • Velo Kun

    I Agree, Symbian was actually pretty good back then. It at least had themes, and it’s multitasking apparently was authentic – meaning the app never rested. Makes me reminiscent to the days i had my Nokia 6120c, then my Nokia 5800XM. Nokia phones were reliable, until Symbian just got kinda outdated (i.e fell behind android and iOS)

  • Mikhial Gurarie

    How easily they forget… Palm (remember them?) shipped smartphones running Palm OS with touchscreen & stylus (Treo 180) in 2002 before iOS and Android were ever publicly released. 

  • gLaNDix

    like others have mentioned, totally devoid of references to the Palm Treo and Blackberry devices … i was using my Palm Treo as a smartphone well before the iPhone or any Android device!  Including listening to music, chat, e-mail, and browsing the web