如今，全球超过85％的手机都在Android上运行。当您考虑到T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream缺少iPhone轻快的外观和技巧时，这是一个惊人的成就。向外摆动的物理键盘使我们为扁平键感到沮丧；胖胖的下巴妨碍了打字；找不到虚拟键盘和耳机插孔等基本知识。但是这款厚重的手机在智能手机领域留下了不可磨灭的印记，并帮助我们走到了今天。尽管iPhone的优势在于简洁，简洁的设计和直观的布局，但首款Android手机带来了个性化和自定义体验的能力。
The iTunes App Store debuted just a few months before the G1, but the HTC phone still scored a coup over Apple’s 2007 smartphone debut by launching with its app ecosystem already in place.
The Android Market (later to become Google Play) meant that G1 owners didn’t have to wait to do more with their phones, whether it was play games, shop or just stay organized. Even than it was clear that apps were the future of phones, and G1 was ready.
The nature of the Android Market had its pros and cons. By adopting a looser vetting and approval process than the one Apple followed, Google’s app store enabled a wider selection of apps and was friendlier to developers of all abilities.
On the downside, less quality control meant you were more likely to bite into some app lemons, and apps didn’t always conform to each Android update.
3. The G1 multiplied Google’s power in the pocket
As the first Android device, the T-Mobile G1 allowed Google to make you even more dependent on its online tools.
The iPhone’s strength was in working with other Apple hardware. The first iPhone was basically the most magical iPod that Apple had ever made, since it also placed calls and had apps you could also find on the Mac.
Google took the opposite approach by focusing on the ecosystem of Google’s already robust and constantly expanding software empire. Here, you had the power of Google Search in your pocket, plus Gmail and Google’s terrific maps app. Yes, much of that was accessible on the iPhone as well — Google Maps was the default iPhone mapping app until Apple created its own, initially far inferior Apple Maps in 2012 — but with Android, it was all built-in and tightly integrated. If you already used Google tools, Android was a no-brainer.
For Google, it meant that you’d come to rely on Google products at home, at work and now everywhere in between the two.
4. It set the precedent for multiple designs
Although the first Android phone had the QWERTY keyboard and lots of buttons, choice was always the plan.
The G1’s job was to show buyers how a ‘Google phone’ would work, and to give app developers something they could sink their teeth into, so that the next Android phones started with a stronger foundation.
It wasn’t long before the Android-curious were able to see phones from Motorola, Samsung, LG and even more devices from HTC. This small army of Androids marched out with different size screens, dimensions, camera capabilities — you name it.
But without that first Android phone to plant the flag, and to test buyers’ interest, we may have never seen the Motorola Droid, which was marketed as a true iPhone alternative; the HTC Evo 4G (first 4G phone in the US); the first Samsung Galaxy Note with its S Pen; or the Google Pixel 3 we’re expecting to see on Oct. 9.
5. HTC’s magic paved the way for Pixel
Before the T-Mobile G1, HTC was a smallish Taiwanese manufacturer striving to become a global brand among giants like Samsung and Motorola.
The G1 gave HTC the opportunity to break out and the start of a firm relationship between the company and Google. Next came the Google Ion/T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (the second Android phone), the HTC Hero (the first CDMA Android handset) and the HTC Droid Eris (the first Android phone with pinch-to-zoom).
But it was really with the Nexus One in 2010 that HTC hit its Android stride. A ‘pure’ Android phone, it received Android updates quickly and delivered a welcome alternative to the manufacturer skins that had become common. Since then, HTC continued to produce some of the best Android devices, like first Pixel phone in 2016. This year Google even paid $1.1 billion to hire HTC engineers for whatever comes next.
6. A true Apple rival became the only Apple rival
Perhaps the most significant effect of the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 was its role as a fierce, iPhone rival. Google and Apple — headquartered just 11 miles away from each other in Silicon Valley — were two of the most powerful and exciting tech companies in the world.
Apple and Google were also brand new entrants into an already-crowded phone space, populated by BlackBerry, Nokia (Symbian OS) and Windows Mobile devices on the ‘smart’ end and flip or candybar phones on the low-end. (‘Feature phones’ were a middle layer entirely.)
The iPhone’s popularity exploded, and the veteran platforms couldn’t keep up. But then Android came along. It was fresh, it was new, and it had the might of Google’s considerable resources to counter Apple as a phone platform of the future.
T-Mobile G1还促使苹果做得更好，为更高版本的iPhone提供了功能对等功能，例如更好的相机，带有逐行路线的地图以及…复制/粘贴功能。谷歌是如此成功，以至于当今的Android不仅与iPhone竞争，它还剩下唯一的 iPhone竞争对手。