With each passing year, technology like media electronics, gadgets, and phones, gets better. With the introduction of the iPhone by Apple and other important technological milestones, 2007 was a great year for technology.
However, buckle your seat belts because 2008 is even more incredible. In 2008, the technology industry was preoccupied with the introduction of key new mobile technology, super-hot startups, broadcast TV alternative, and computer operating systems.
In 2008, 23.5% of the world population was using the Internet.
Advancements of the Technology in 2008
Here’s a countdown of the world’s technological advancements that happened in 2008.
Launch of The G1
The G1, also known as the HTC Dream, was the first phone that was powered by an open-source Android operating system by Google. By releasing the T-Mobile G1, Google entered the market of smartphones.
The operating system of the phone came with a graphical user interface that is customizable. It also had a notification system that shows messages from apps, integration with Google services like Gmail and Android Market so users could download additional apps. In 2010, the HTC Dream was discontinued.
Launch of App Store
Besides hitting a home run with the 2008 model of the iPhone – the iPhone 3G, Apple also launched the App Store. With this step, Apple introduced third-party app distribution and development to the platform. The App Store allows users to download and purchase new apps for their devices.
Release of Android Market
The Android Market was meant for users to download games and apps for the new Android operating system. A few years ago, Google decided to merge all its stores into Google play since having several stores on Android could be the cause of confusion. Google Play was launched in 2021, and it brought together Google and the Android market under one brand.
Release of Chrome
Chrome was released at a time where internet users and developers were starting to get annoyed with Internet Explorer.
Chrome respected HTML5 and focused on web standards, and at the time of its release, it passed both the Acid1 and Acid2 tests. This was an important step since Microsoft was having a hard time getting the Internet Explorer browser to stick to open web standards.
After more than a decade of its release, chrome still dominates the web browser market, and it is the main way that people browse the web.
MacBook Air Is Introduced
When it was released in 2008, the MacBook Air was the world’s thinnest laptop. This 13-inch model was revealed by Steve Jobs during the Macworld conference. The laptop featured an Intel GMA GPU and a custom Intel Merom CPU. It also had a large trackpad, a full-size keyboard, and an anti-glare led backlit display.
Launch of Groupon
Groupon, a global-eCommerce marketplace that connects users with local merchants that offer services, goods, activities, and travel, was introduced in 2008.
The idea for Groupon can to Andre Mason, the founder of the company, who was trying to cancel a mobile phone contract and got frustrated. He thought that there must be some way to use the collective bargaining power of a large number of people.
The name of the company comes from the combination of the two words “coupon” and “group.”
Honorable Mentions For 2008
Picking out major trends and stories was tough, so we want to make sure we don’t forget anything. Some other events we don’t want to forget to mention are:
- WALL-E is released, a Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios movie about two robots who hold the fate of mankind in their hands. Humans abandon their dying and littered home planet, and the two robots are left to clean it up. The movie won the Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
- Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo! for $44.6 billion, but the two companies aren’t able to agree on the purchase price.
- The National Cybersecurity Center was founded as a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
- Digital cameras took over. As a result, Polaroid discontinued its instant film cameras.
- The Core 2 Duo processor E4700 was released by Intel.
- The first Phenom X3 processors were released by AMD.
- Shazam, an app that recognized music and other audio, was introduced.
- LastPass, a password management service that creates and stores a secure and unique password for various user accounts on the Internet, was launched.
- MagicJack, a device that allowed computer users to make unlimited phone calls to Canada and the United States using an internet connection, was released.
- Asana, a collaborative online information management tool, was launched.
Regularly evolving technology has become an important part of the lives of humans. Newer technologies are taking the market by storm, and humans are getting used to them in no time. Above everything else, advancements in technology have led to the growth and development of humans.