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Here is what Android looked like in its early days

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Here is what Android looked like in its early days
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith, whose work we have discussed before, got his hands on something that every nerdy individual would be interested in checking out – the very first Android reference device, which dates back to 2007. This HTC-made handset is called the Google Sooner, and as you can see, it is quite different from what Android smartphones look like nowadays. 

Interested in its hardware specs? Then prepare to be underwhelmed. The QVGA display is of the non-touchscreen kind, the processor is an OMAP850, the camera on its back is of 1.3 megapixels, and neither Wi-Fi nor 3G have been included. Oh well, at least it came in two color options, namely black and white, even though it was never released on the market.

As far as software is concerned, this build of Android is dated May 15, 2007, which is about four months after the iPhone was unveiled, and about six months prior to the announcement of Android's initial release. Of course, Google services, such as Gmail, Gtalk, and every day web searching have been integrated into the platform. According to Steven, surfing the web "is a painful and slow experience, even though rendering isn't too bad."

To wrap it all up, Steven presented a good point at the end of his blog post, namely that the iPhone defined what a modern smartphone should look, feel, and act like. After its announcement, most companies took note and decided to alter their smartphone and mobile platform designs to the new trend of spacious touchscreen displays and absence of physical keys.

Now feel free to browse through the slideshow below and enrich your knowledge on smartphone history. Do you think that Android would have been so successful if it launched in that kind of form and on a device like that? Let us know by dropping a comment.





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posted on 08 May 2012, 12:03 2

1. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


HolyGrail of Android!!!

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:10 6

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Ok android fans how can you look at this phone and then come on here and claim android took nothing from Apple. Clearly the interface and design cues all came from Apple. Look at this phone. It's a blackberry clone.

It seems android strategy is to take a successful company and copy it. At that time blackberry was king of the hill. When Google saw the success of the iPhone they changed gears.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:15 12

3. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


How did I know i'd find you here...

Android took nothing from Apple.

Explode.

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:01 1

19. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


reminds me of a blackberry...

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:16 11

4. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


actually, its a windows 5/6 clone, not a blackberry clone. Not much of a coincidence since HTC made primarily windows devices back then.

if your going to try to be insulting, at least get it right... stupid troll.

the original iphone changed the industry, and mostly for the better. we all agree on that. To sit here and act like google copies apple and its never the other way around is a blatant troll lie. they ALL copy from each other. you just need to get over it.

You also need to quit thinking its still 2007. Android has gone from an unstable OS that didnt really stand out to the leading OS in stability, security functionality, and innovation.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:29 3

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you were doing good until you express your personal opinion at the end... almost.. remix.. almost

"Android has gone from an unstable OS that didnt really stand out to the leading OS in stability, security functionality, and innovation."

this made me laugh

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:46 7

16. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


prove me wrong.

The US government chooses android over iOS for security.
Its not ICS or Gingerbread that is known for app crashing, its iOS.
What mobile OS out there is more innovative in the last 2 years than Android?

Dont let your fanboy blinders steer you off a cliff.

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:14 2

25. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


taco and his trollies hate facts...

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:53 2

48. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


actually most goverment still uses BB as their security is still unmatched... ICS came out almost 7 months ago and not even 10% have the leatst Android version on their phones... and if you call innovation half baked features.. (read michaels H article on this) so yes it is your opinion.. on the other hand Apple has been a company recognizable for innovation whether you like it or not.. dissagree all you want the facts are there..

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:00 1

50. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I think you take an opinion article as literal fact because it suites your narrow minded view of the ecosystem. Siri BETA is a half baked feature. Get over it.

Yes, BB still rules the security roost. But do you know who is taking over? Android. iOS isnt even in the fight.

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:23 1

54. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well siri may be half baked but is sitll better than google voice..... and yes Android is taking over because there is no one.. Apple will not make adjustment for the goverment.. but ipad wil be in aeroports and on the medical fields..

ps.. at least I mention where i get my info where do you get yours..??..

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:13 2

24. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


G-King - have you ever tried a high-end handset...I have the droid RAZR - it was stable on Gingerbread and even better on ICS - do not just post stuff to act like your are 'cool'....you are not 'cool'...lol

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:00 1

49. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


sorry didn't know you were the standard to be "cool".. listen ok. I did tried a high end android device.. well sort of because when I bought it it was high end. then 6 months later became low end... good the that you have tried ICS on your phone unfortunately more than half of android users are barely tasting Gingerbread and ICS is years away...

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:05 1

39. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6570; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


you're doing very bad with 7 thumbs down.

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:01 2

51. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


for me thats doing good...

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:30 2

55. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


he is like taco. the more thumbs down he gets the happier he is. they like being internet famous. Their goal is to one day be twitter famous.. but they both know they will never be Youtube famous. Maybe they will be a meme in the dark spaces of 4chan or something .. lolol.

BTW, Gallito, i need you to email me bozo

posted on 08 May 2012, 17:08 1

56. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well honestly I dont care thumbs up/down are overused and overrated as is more like a popularity contest than anything else

cmaldonado_4@hotmail.com... I have the Van Damme expendibles 2 poster as my pic... request me

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:18 5

6. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Shut up.... Just Shut up..... God your ignorant.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:19 2

9. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Android stole whatever in its path.

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:22 1

45. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6570; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


DAMN PEOPLE PLEASE SHUT THE HELL WITH WITH ANDROID STEALING. damn sound like a broken record.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:36

14. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1610; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You mean the tiny screen? Yep we stole that alright...

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:57 2

18. dsDoan (Posts: 219; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


No one can say Android didn't take from Apple, just like no one can say Apple didn't take from Android. Both are fact.

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:06 2

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_avwGFsv60U&feature=relmfu

any questions? can you shut up already?

also the 1983 iPhone didn't looked like the current iPhone

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:04

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6570; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


how can u look at the first iPhone with antenna issues and over heating problems with a EXPENSIVE $500 first launch price tag

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:14 1

43. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


what are you saying that android would not have eventually become or touch screen os or wasnt in the pipelines? android from the begining was to work on pretty much anything and that includes a touch screen..no doubt apple made google maybe jump onto the touchscreen model sooner than they probably expected.were google suppose to have waited like rim and nokia lol look at what they did.other than the fact that android was made into a touch os,the 1st version of android and ios looked nothing a like apart from having icons..other than that android had widgets,notification tray,folders,multitasking etc you could argue that ios is more like android now then android was like ios at the begining...as you said google saw the potential in iphone and jumped gears and it paid off where others laughed at the iphone and look where they are..am sure rim and nokia wished they werent so quick to dismiss apple.lets not forget that there was touch devices before apple like the lg prada but apple did it right the 1st time no doubt although it was very limited as a smartphone then...mate not saying you are wrong i agree google thougth that rim would be the competitor at first but realised that it would be apple. :)

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:22 1

44. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Are you really intending to troll or you are just a stupid ish*ep .

posted on 09 May 2012, 07:42

57. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Oh boy not this again...lol.

It has been debated about countless times...

They had two directions in mind when they got Android. There are even still developer phones that look similar to that this day. Texas Instruments has one, HTC has one IIRC....

You still cant give it a rest huh?

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:17 8

5. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Most people say Android prototypes look like Blackberries, but it looks more like an updated Motorola Q to me.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:18 6

7. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its a slightly modified HTC Dash, or any of a dozen other cheap HTC windows phones. I dont get where the blackberry reference comes from. Just uneducated posters I guess. It has nothing in common with a blackberry.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:31 3

12. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Yes, it does kinda remind me of a Dash too!

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:19 6

8. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


haha its cool to look back on this and see what Android blossomed into. Its as crazy as how fast the Mobile Industry has changed as well. And with Quad Core phones here its just gonna get crazier and crazier. But man. This does look like a motorola Q. But it is still Genesis. and it looks awesome.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:29 7

10. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


As I was reading this article, I could almost hear taco50 typing away on his iPhone about this is proof Android took, copied, stole its design from Apple, and sure enough...he's post number two saying exactly what we all knew he was going to say. But my question to taco has still gone unanswered for months now, but I'll repeat it again.

If you refuse to give credit to Rim, Palm, Microsoft, Motorola, or ANY other cellphone or OS developer for the inspiration of the iPhone...why would ANY Android fan give any credit to Apple for starting a touchscreen trend? That was 2007, this is 2012! How long are you gonna ask everyone to bow down to the iPhone?

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:33 4

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Exactly. Yes, Android was greatly influenced by the iPhone. Guess what - Apple has stolen and copied so many ideas over the years since the very first macintosh, that this will look pale by comparison.

Steve Jobs himself said: "Good artists copy. Great artists steal". Too bad the guy was more of a control freak than an actual artist, but whatever..

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:48 3

17. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Windows and Palm started the touchscreen trend. Apple just went with capacative over pressure screens and made the first OS that was built to be finger friendly over stylus.. which proved to be very popular. Touch screen phones have been around since what.. like 2001? lol

posted on 09 May 2012, 17:59

58. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


E X A C T L Y!!!

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:05 2

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


he is stupid, Google had two prototypes going on I've shown him the Freagin Video gazillion times, everyone talks about the QWRTEY prototype yet there was another no one has its hands on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_avwGFsv60U&feature=relmfu

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:20 2

29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


So in your mind android took nothing from Apple?

It's plainly obvious man

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:32 4

32. Whateverman (Posts: 3223; Member since: 17 May 2009)


So in your mind Apple took nothing from the companies I mentioned? Stop avoiding the question?

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:00 2

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


he wont reply, he does not have the necessary IQ to process that many iPhone features come from taken ideas from other OS's, to him is both ok and a normal process when iOS takes features from other OS, but its a complete RIPOFF when "android does the same"

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:54 2

36. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


did I said android didn't took anything from apple? no android saw the good in the iPhone, now android is not an iOS ripoff like you portray it to be

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:18 2

28. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


They made smartphones yes, but iPhone was nothing like those phones. That's why those 3 platforms couldn't compete.

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:21 4

30. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the iphone came out at the perfect time. It was the first to really try capacitive which was brand spanking new at the time, and thus had the ability to be the first OS built to be finger friendly. Had they tried it a year earlier, it would have been another pressure screen in the mix, a year or 2 later and it would have been an "android clone". It came out at the perfect time for a course changing storm.

However, to be so smooth with the lack of horsepower all phones had back then, it had to give up tons of features other "smartphones" had, which is why it wasnt a smartphone for a few OS updates.

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:07 1

41. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6570; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If it weren't for Black Berry they woudln't be any smart phone we have today.

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:08 3

42. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Taco Logic: why I mean other OS's had apps and camera, and had icon array so what makes iOS a not copy of those? and every year they Keep ripping off ideas from everyone and showing them as 'something new and magical' push email, video call, multi task, web messaging, non intrusive notifications , Latitude voice typing, voice search notifications on the lock screen, camera on he lock screen. those are just examples of how iOS is the growing RIPOFF of everyone

posted on 09 May 2012, 18:00

59. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


E X A C T L Y!!

You make a good point. I rarely see pro iPhone folks giving credit to Palm, RIM and Microsoft.

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:11 3

22. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


personally i still like symbian but since there are not so many apps im making the shift to android, not ios. Its just to simple. Yoi can hardly customize anything. Complex suits me and thats why im getting an htc explorer within 2 months In Sha Allah

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:13 2

23. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


also apple is WAY too overpriced. You could get an htc one x cheaper than an iphone 4s where i live and i think everybody knows clearly which is better...

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:15 1

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


though that the 2007-2008 videos where enough... does anyone needs to go back and get those details? also if they plan on proving a point they should at least have the both working prototypes otherwise is more like a fanboy crying copy

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:33 1

33. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


hey remix.....just saw your profile...........how come you havent used any nokia phones? I mean like even the feature ones? :p

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:08 1

52. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I have. I had the old candybar phones back in the day. I used to only buy nokia. They were also made here in FL back then too.
Why dont I have any current ones? Umm.. because Nokia stopped selling high end phones in the US.. lol. I had a chance to have a free lumia 710, but I had already won an HD7 and hacked nokia drive to it, so it didnt really add anything new so I let someone else have it.
Once Windows8 drops I'll be eyeballing a tablet to see how well compatibility mode works. If Nokia gives me the magic combination of power, features, and price then I'll buy a Nokia tablet.
However, my next phone is going to be the SGS3 Exynos version unless something unexpected comes out.
Im not like some of these crazies, im not bound to a brand that is not bound to me. I go where the best hardware and experience (tinkering is a big part of my "experience needs") is. For the last 2 years thats been with samsung.

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:33 1

34. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


hey remix.....just saw your profile...........how come you havent used any nokia phones? I mean like even the feature ones? :p

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:38

35. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


double take...

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:24

46. Cosmo (Posts: 32; Member since: 03 May 2012)


A lot goes for Android because you get so many things for a much cheaper price.. Android is just cheaper, period.. Apple and BlackBerry are quite overpriced because you dont get as much for the price youpay.. but people who buy these fones dont really care! they buy it because it suits their lifestyle! not because they wanna get everything! because they can afford to buy other gadgets that would do the things that their iPhone and BlackBerry couldnt do! so i conclude, these phones cater to different markets..

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:09 1

53. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your right, the free on contract 3GS and the $50-100 i4 are way over priced.

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