In pictures: 8 mobile OS features you saw on Android first

On the eve of Android’s fifth birthday, it’s time to give the little green guy the respect he deserves.

4G LTE Although 4G had already been instituted by 2011, as mobile carriers decided to call advanced 3G HSPA+ service “4G,” the first phone to bring LTE service to the market was the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. MetroPCS launched that Android phone first in a desperate attempt to put on a big show against the other major carriers. Verizon Wireless almost beat MetroPCS to the punch with its own 4G LTE device, the HTC Thunderbolt, but whichever way you look at the situation, Android was first to the LTE market by a hefty margin. Apple didn’t pay much mind to 4G LTE until the release of the iPhone 5 last year.

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