Thursday , April 27 2017

Ausdroid turns seven today .. yes, we’re now 7 years old

Today we reach a bit of a milestone. You see, today is the 7th anniversary of the first post on Ausdroid, which makes today our birthday! On this day, seven years ago, Buzz wrote the first story for what would become Ausdroid, detailing the arrival of the original HTC Desire on Telstra.

The HTC Desire, it’s probably fair to say, is what gave rise to what became Ausdroid, out of a competition of sorts that was run by Telstra. Dubbed the ‘HTC Desire Social Review’, a number of prominent (and no so prominent) tech minds around Sydney and Melbourne were given one of HTC’s new phones and encouraged to review them over a period of a couple of weeks, and that’s how I first ran into Buzz — we both ‘won’ the competition as it was, and participated in the social review project.

You can read some of Buzz’ early impressions on the HTC Desire on Ausdroid, in fact, and it was my writings about the Desire (which have since disappeared on some other website) which led to my interest in the platform, and eventually joining Ausdroid a few months later to review handsets with Buzz.

Well, that was seven years ago, and we’ve had a lot of faces come and go since. Of course, Dan, Jason, Phil, Scott, Duncan and Alex are still with us today, but a lot of other people have contributed to making Ausdroid great over the last seven years as well, including the likes of Matt and Irwin, Geoff and Graham, James and Michaela, Tia and Jamie and many more. Not everyone wants to write forever, and while many have moved on to other projects or things to do with their time, their contributions have helped shape Ausdroid into what it is today.

Over the seven years, we’ve hit lots of milestones; we’ve gone from covering events and trade shows from live streams to going to these things and covering them on the ground. We’ve gone from watching CES from afar to going to CES, and the same can be said of other events like Google I/O, IFA, Mobile World Congress, and other events throughout the year. We’ve even won some awards in 2015 and in 2016 for what we do .. something we’re rather proud of.

We have a couple of interesting projects coming up, including one which is bound to be of interest to many of our readers, which we’ll share a bit more about in a week or two.

Longer term, Ausdroid will be at Google I/O this year, and we’ll also be attending CES Asia for the first time, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Association, which is sponsoring our attendance after a successful turn at CES in Las Vegas in January. Looking further ahead, we’ve got IFA coming up again, and our plan is to approach it the same way we did with MWC, and get a couple of our team members over to cover the announcements out of Berlin.

Until then, thanks for continuing to read, and here’s hoping the next seven years hold even more interesting developments and fun for us all.


Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

  • Dan Goodes

    Well done and congratulations to all the team, past and present. Here’s to many more years of the best Android and related tech coverage Down Under.

  • Happy anniversary, Ausdroid!!! 🎂🎉

  • Joshua Hill

    Happy b’day Ausdroid. I look forward to another 7 years of quality Android news from you.

  • Bob

    Hmm The 1st post appears to be dated 20 May 2010…………

  • Snoozin

    Happy Birthday Ausdroid. Being 7 doesn’t go well with the DateAsian google ads though lol

    • No, but AdSense shows you ads based on YOUR interests, so what have you been looking at? 😉

      • Snoozin

        The cookies have come from a torrent site. I would think they would make more ad-click revenue from decent interesting stuff. Out of all the places I visit your ads seem to take priority on adult content from all that. I just need to turn back on Adblock for this site or clean cookies before coming here:-)

        • Let us examine our ad revenue share from adult ads, and we may well be able to just switch them off. Can’t be more honest than that.

  • Peter Carr

    Congrats all. You’re my goto Android resource. Thanks

  • Andrew

    Whatever happened to Buzz?

    IIRC he was still a teenager at school in the early days of Ausdroid? Did he move on from the website? Is he involved at all in any capacity?

    And happy birthday. It’s been a pretty stellar 7 years. Early on it was just posting the news about Android, and now you’re going to events and giving us first hand news yourselves. Pretty amazing journey.

    • Thanks Andrew, I agree — a pretty amazing journey. Buzz finished school and got tied up with work, study and a newly found social life, so no, he’s not involved in Ausdroid anymore.

  • Straker

    Happy Birthday. I’ve been coming here daily for a while now, mainly due to the quality of writing. Thanks!

  • Manoj

    Happy Birthday Ausdroid!
    Best source for Tech News.
    You’re the only reason my Google+ account is active.

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