Remember the Googlephone? It was a mythical device that was obsessively rumored in the months after Apple launched the iPhone. Exactly five years ago today, Google unveiled the project that had been the source of all the rumors: its Android mobile operating system, along with the first Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1. (It was also the day that Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page rollerbladed to the New York launch event from Grand Central Station.)
The iPhone was a big deal back then, but today it is dwarfed by the worldwide number of Android phones out there. I expect the gap to continue to widen, especially given the lackluster nature of the latest iPhone upgrades. Although that gold iPhone 5S is going to sell like fresh hot rice all over Asia.