March 20th, 2010 and Buzz Moody kicked off the first post on Ausdroid. Six years later, Ausdroid is going pretty strong as your best source of news for what’s happening with Android in Australia and often, the world.
The first post was a good one when it comes to Android in Australia, with news of the HTC Desire heading to Telstra. The HTC Desire was one of the first ‘good’ handsets that brought Android to the attention of a wider audience here in Australia.
Since the launch of Ausdroid, we’ve grown – there’s 11,622 articles to read on our site now – and we’ve had a load of staff come on board and write for us, and review products. We’ve broken news here in Australia, some of which we’ve won awards for, and we’ve also gained international acclaim breaking news globally.
Our attendance at events started locally, with phone and tablet launches in Sydney and Melbourne. Last year we branched into more international launches for phones from Oppo and LG and of course Sony, Samsung, Asus and HTC. These launches were sometimes at trade shows like Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA. Our work has brought us to the attention of Google and we were able to attend Google I/O last year (and we’re hoping to be back in Mountain View this year).
The people who work here are all volunteers, with no-one actually paid for writing at Ausdroid, so any ads you see on the site are paying to keep the lights on.
We do have some wonderfully dedicated – and we think very good looking 😉 – Ausdroid fans who power our Patreon campaign every month, generously donating money their hard earned money so we can now use Google’s Cloud Platform to deliver the news to you fast – and if you don’t yet, we hope you’ll consider supporting us there as well so we can pay to attend events ourselves.
We’re getting bigger, we’re trying to bring you more news first, so join us for another 6 years or more as we watch Android N, O, P, Q, R, S and all the rest come out. We’ll be blowing out a candle or six tonight and raising a beverage to celebrate and we hope you will too.