The first Android phone came out more than a year after Apple launched the first iPhone but Google’s mobile platform has arguably had an even bigger impact on the world than Apple’s iOS. For evidence, look to a chart posted over at Technology Review that uses data crunched by Asymco’s Horace Dediu to show that Android has seen unprecedented adoption ever since the T-Mobile G1 first launched back in 2008. With 1 billion activations in just five years, Android has been adopted by more people at a faster rate than any other technology in recent history, including iOS, Facebook or Symbian. Technology Review’s chart follows below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.