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This Week in Tech History: Birth of the Android OS

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the release of Android, as well as the introduction of the most popular desktop OS.

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This week in 1946 – A coin-operated television receiver was displayed in New York City. To sneak a peek at various test patterns and a model of Felix the Cat, folks dropped in a quarter. Luckily 70 yc38ea4f2aec3e98208d394da7ecf0b9bears later, we’re not having to put quarters into our TVs.

1983 – Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0. Windows is still the most popular Operating system for personal computers, some 33 years later.

10 years later, in 1993 – Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11 was released. The operating system boasted improved support for NetWare and Windows NT, and slipped in numerous architectural changes to improve performance and stability.

1994 – WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world’s first internet radio broadcast.mci_worldcom_logoandroid_logo_02

1997 – WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a $37 billion merger (the largest merger in US history at the time).

2007 – The Android mobile operating system was unveiled by Google. Android has gone on to become the most popular mobile OS, worldwide in less than a decade since its introduction.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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