Five years ago, Google embarked on a mission to shake-up the smartphone landscape with the release of its own mobile operating system labeled Android. With the support of the industry's biggest telecommunication manufacturers, alongside nearly 71 percent of the developer population, the company's done just that—activating over 1 billion devices and securing close to 80 percent of the global smartphone market. Needless to say, the open-sourced OS that Apple, BlackBerry, Nokia, and Microsoft all considered “no major threat” has become the preferential option for the consumer public.

In acknowledging the dominant success of Andy Ruben's software, it's only right to look back at the hardware that helped define the platform over the years. The creations of HTC, Motorola, and Samsung to name a few, all which tranformed Android into a mobile mainstay. Fom the T-Mobile G1 to the Galaxy S4, we rank The Best Android Smartphones of All Time.