First the Google Phone, now pics of early Android system

First the Google Phone, now pics of early Android system
We are getting treated to quite an interesting look at the formation of Android today courtesy of Oracle. Earlier, Oracle showed off images of one of the original designs for a "Google Phone", then we heard about Google's desire for a $10 unlimited data plan, and now we've got screenshots of what Android looked like in early 2007. This is certainly pre-1.0 builds and well before Google had any sweet names to give the versions. 

Of course, the screenshots are all designed for a device like the Google Phone we saw earlier, which was a portrait QWERTY phone, similar in form factor to a BlackBerry device. The images aren't that great quality, but it's definitely interesting to see what is essentially the Alpha/Beta stages of the Android platform.

source: The Verge


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40 Comments

1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Pretty cool screens!!!

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

proves that Android was going for a blackberry device but thanks to the ...ejum.. iphone they turn the ship around..

6. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

reminds me of the samsung blackjack

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think you meant ahem instead of ejum. As far as copying the iPhone, I will grant that they transtitioned to a touchscreen phone, because that is what the competition had. It's no different than all of the portrait qwerty phones patterned after the BlackBerry, or all of the manufacturers jumping on the flatscreen Tv model. You guys act like if someone comes out with a product, no one else should come out with a competing product that is anything similar. Does it really make sense to have only one manufacturer cornering the market on any one device? Maybe someone else has a better idea to improve upon the original. As far as software, even though Google had to transition to an OS that allowed for touchscreen, even back then you could look at each & tell that they were 2 different systems.

34. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

dont feed the troll let him use google maps to find the nearest bridge ;)

8. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

If you read the article before this regarding the first design of Android device, you'll see that Google had a touchscreen device ready running Android and was hoping to get certified by mid-2007. That's a relatively short time to create a working prototype if thanks to iPhone considering that the iPhone was announce in January 2007.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

T H A N K ...Y O U!! Add to that the LG Prada was out before the iPhone...and I would say Android is more modeled after the LG Prada. ....they even both had the same type of clock widget..........almost exactly the same.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

LOL fail Ive proven this wrong a billion times already

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

proto, you know facts dont matter to iNuts.

13. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

or trolls

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

From the article mentioned by gwu: "Google's Android plans of course didn't follow this plan at all really. At the time, Google had Android running on touchscreen devices with many parts of the finished OS in fully working order including the WebKit browser, dialer, home screen, messaging app, and contacts. The company had hoped Android would be certified by mid-2007, then released to manufacturers, but as we know, the first Android device to exist was the G1 in October of 2008." Some more pieces to the puzzle from the article: "The renders come from 2006, which is about a year after Google purchased Android, but a good 2 years before the first Android phone, the G1, was released into the market." Put these two pieces together from the 2 quotes - "The renders come from 2006, which is about a year after Google purchased Android" and "Google's Android plans of course didn't follow this plan at all really. At the time, Google had Android running on touchscreen devices with many parts of the finished OS in fully working order including the WebKit browser, dialer, home screen, messaging app, and contacts." They had touch screens in mind from the beginning.....before the iPhone even came out. What was out before the iPhone...the LG Prada. Some more pieces...Abdroid is a Java based OS....the OS on the Prada was Flash based. If anything....Android is a copy of the LG Prada. I think Google saw how poor an OS like Blackberry and Win Mo were on touch screen phones at the time. You need a stylus or trackpad for it to be a better experience.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

YOu talk too damn much bout on how bad Android is. Grow THE FCK up gailitoking.

3. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Looks like something that could have gone into a mix between a basic phone and a smartphone. Oh wait, that's almost what a Blackberry is...

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Still looks like android, just our Android OS is more polished. Still looks better then any IOS version screen of icons.

5. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

wow this explains alot and why this OS war exists lol.. early android did look similar to black berry possible WinMo

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

As I said above, I don't understand why that makes a difference. Is there only one manufacturer for toasters or for HDTVs? Look around, there are competing products EVERYWHERE that may look or function similar. Do you see Black & Decker suing Sunbeam, or any of the HDTV manufacturers suing each other? Name a product or an industry and there are similar products offered by the competition. If this happened with every product released where there were similarities, the consumer products industry would grind to a halt, and we'd be paying much more for those same products because we'd essentially be paying their lawyer fees. That sounds like the world I'd want to live in.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

my comments were towards the pointless arguments between iOS and Android users... i dont care who's better or worse. whatever i feel like using for a period of time is what i buy with my money... winmo then android now apple... thats my cell phone path... i dont have loyalty to any... just makes sense to me more why people come here and cry about android copying or apple not innovating.

19. TheInfamousCJ

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Its been a while since I read up on patten law; from what I do remember if there is a invention that is patented that inventor has the sole right to produce said good only for an x amount of time before any one else can enter the market or sell it. If another company produces something that infringes upon it can be sued. After that initial window expires other companies can purchase the right to use the same design under its original name or purchase licenses to base their designs off of. Apple still is within the time frame that prohibits copies. Now things like appliances and tv's its a combination of the inventors selling their ideas and past the original time frame of exclusivity. Prime example of patents that'll will always force litigation is Marvel and DC Comics, those companies retain and own the rights to the characters developed by their employees, they will never sell licenses to other comic makers they keep it in house as does apple. But if Stan lee and crew created those characters on their time and trademarked it then they would have retain the right to either start their own companies and do comics, sell it off, or sell licenses. I hope this helps and where I am wrong please make necessary corrections.

36. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

A great way to illustrate the point.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That calculator screen is pretty cool. I kind of wish they kept that.

16. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Yes,the calculator one rules!!! I wonder if there is an app that does that.

38. amkang

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

I would love to have a calculator app that shows the history like that.

15. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Nice!Reminds me a lot of Windows Mobile 6.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

More undeniable proof android copied iOS big time.

22. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Because iOS was certainly around for the taking before 2007.... Damn iOS trolls

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You don't get it do you. Android looked like a blackberry clone. Then Google saw iPhone's success and took all of Apple's innovation and stuck it on their phones

31. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Apparently you didn't read the comments on the first page...

39. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Just like how Apple stole the PC operating system from Windows... The only difference is that Android improved on it, unlike Apple

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'm ready to laugh at your signal... is that a joke right?

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

My signal? Look man you like a clone phone and you have to deal with that.

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