Which was the first smartphone ever to run on the Android Operating System?
If you are a die-hard Android fan, you might probably be able to answer the question. However, if you answered ‘Samsung‘, you are too far from reality. It was the HTC Dream released way back in October 2008 in the US and was later made available in Europe. The device ran on Android 1.6 (Donut). Interestingly, the handset also featured a QWERTY keypad.
Though developed half a decade ago, it did look quite futuristic. The gadget had a decent 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution. The display did support multitouch gestures, but the functionality was disabled in the Android version 1.6. However, an upgrade to Android 2.0 Eclair lets you use the functionality.
The HTC Dream is powered by a 528 MHz ARM 11 processor teamed up with a 192 MB RAM. Now, that seems quite insufficient. But, had you been owning it half a decade ago, you would probably be one of the few guys on the planet owning an Android smartphone.
The overall design is highly impressive. The dedicated camera button is located on the right, while the volume rocker is placed on the left. It lacks a headphone jack but instead has a mini-USB compatible jack capable of carrying audio signals.
The HTC Dream sports a 3.2 MP rear camera by has no secondary camera. Powered by a 1150 mAh battery, the phone offers a decent talktime of around 5 hours 30 minutes. The handset comes with a 1 GB memory card but can support memory cards as large as 16 GB.
It wont be wise to compare the HTC Dream with the high-end smartphones currently available. Even though the handset runs on an older version of Android, you can still find many tightly holding on to the gadget.