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Samsung is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer and has held that crown for a few years now. Many even associate the company with Android itself. Indeed, Samsung has plenty to boast about, from strong product presence across price tiers to halo technologies like the Galaxy Z Fold series. But it wasn’t always like this — the first Samsung phone hit the market long before Android existed. The company wasn’t always a market leader either, with some stumbles like Bada OS and Tizen along the way.

So in this article, let’s go down memory lane and revisit some of Samsung’s first attempts at building a cell phone, when it embraced Android, and how the company became the success story we know today.