Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Samsung's first Android phone, Galaxy i7500, is 15 years old

Samsung has maintained its title as the world's largest smartphone brand for more than a decade. The foundations of this success were laid with the company's first Android smartphone, the i7500 Galaxy. This model was introduced 15 years ago and paved the way for Samsung's success in the smartphone market.

The i7500 Galaxy was introduced in April 2009 and released in June 2009. It comes six months after the launch of the world's first Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1 (manufactured by HTC). Unlike many other smartphones, the i7500 Galaxy featured an OLED display and a larger battery. More importantly, it ran stock Android and, like many HTC phones, used a Qualcomm processor (MSM7200A).

Samsung's adventure in the Android ecosystem

The phone came with a 3.2-inch OLED display with HVGA resolution. It used a Qualcomm processor, 128MB RAM, 8GB storage and a microSD card slot. Android 1.5 came pre-installed. While the 5MP rear camera had autofocus, the front camera was missing. It also included an accelerometer, compass, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microUSB port.

A year later, Samsung launched the legendary i9000 Galaxy S (popularly known as Galaxy S), which took the company to new heights. In 2010, this model, which had features unheard of for its time, came with a huge 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, Gorilla Glass glass protection, 1GHz Hummingbird processor and TouchWiz 3.0, Samsung's first Android interface. It could also record HD video, included the aptX codec, DLNA, a microSD card slot, and a 1,500mAh battery.

These first steps by Samsung enabled it to take the lead in the smartphone market in the following years. The i7500 Galaxy and its follow-up, the i9000 Galaxy S, were just the beginning of how far Samsung could go when it came to technology and innovation. These devices paved the way for innovations that will continue to push the user experience and the boundaries of mobile technology.

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