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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33. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I hope this will not turn out to be how bbos10 looks like....

27. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes, Android stole iOS, made it better, and is now slowly taking the market over with it, HA HA HA HA HA No, android is like someone took windows and determined the best way to put it on a phone. Desktop>Desktop, Start Menu>Apps Drawer, Control Panel>Settings, My Computer> My Files (My RAZR has this, not all phones might) Themes>Launchers, Widgets>Widgets. You see Android is the most "Computer like" of the Mobile OS's. iOS is an apps launcher, that's it. lemmie put it this way; You have two computers in front of you, the first has all its programs on icons on the screen, you cannot hide them. You can place them into folders and rearrange the order, but you cannot move them into shapes or patterns on the screen, they auto align on the grid. You can change the background, but that's all there is to the OS, a bunch of icons on a screen. Thats iOS BORING! The second computer has a couple commonly used icons on the screen, the rest are in the apps drawer, you can place shortcuts for them on the desktop, you can place widgets on the desktop for commonly sought information at a glance, or you can throw up a beautiful Live wallpaper, and keep the desktop empty. Or if you get really bored, you can install a different launcher and change the whole OS's appearance! THAT is Windows 7, no wait, Android! Trust me, Android is more like Windows than anything else. If Android never existed and Microsoft released a mobile OS identical to it, I would think to myself "Hey look, Windows shrunk down!" That is why I like Android so much, it gives me such computer like functionality. I just got an Archos G9 101 tablet. It has ICS, and the 101 G9 has an A9 dual core processor at 1.5ghz, it runs smooth and stable, crazy battery life too, on par with an iPad 2. Not bad for a $330 tablet ($40 less than my 64gb 4th gen ITouch)

37. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

yes android stole ios and made it better and ICS is on 99 percent of all android phones...... wait what did i just say?

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.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its not my fault you have a sad life out of all the times I've proven you wrong about this and you still at it? I mean you must be really trying to joke in there at least read the entire article you may actually learn somersetting. :) or at least give me a reason to slap in your ignorance again

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're sitting on an article that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that android played follow the leader. They took iPhones innovation and shamelessly copied.

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Here, there is a nice video from 2007 where the evil copycat shows off the infamous gizmodo device along with a touchscren onehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FJHYqE0RDg&feature=player_embedded simply Google was and has been creating an OS that fits everywhere you will like to load it. Sounds familiar right? But you will come with a bunch of laughable excuses to try and covering your lack of compression for even the simple stuff

35. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The images are from way before the iPhone's release. A lot happens in a year of smartphone development. Tell me, what did the G1 have in common with the iPhone other than the touchscreen? This was a question you failed to answer on the other thread.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I suggest you look at the LG Prada and try again. Take a REAL good look at pics of different parts of the OS Here, I will help you get started: http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/lg-ke850-prada-unlocked/4505-6454_7-32316442.html The first 3 seconds...looks like an Android launcher....lol. See that clock widget....yea....Androidish. Back button....Androidish. While you are at it....look at the LG Prada and the iPhone....and open your mind. And that review date? May 2007, iPhone was shown in Jan 2007, releaed in June. LG had a woking phone ready for use before the iPhone even launched. Or how about this video from Feb 2007...a month after the iPhone was announced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aLOGUQouUI Keep in mind you cant throw together a working phone...software and hardware in a month. I assume one cant anyway... If anything....they both copied from the LG Prada....IF you wanna say someone copied. Get off the copying kick...I swear some of you folks post JUST to try to stir stuff up.

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You've lost your mind if you're going to compare the prada to iPhone. It had none of the features or interface the iPhone did.

40. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I see the phrase ...open your mind....didnt apply to you...Cant blame me for trying ... Capcative touch screen phone, icons, and I see the Prada had colorful icons too. If you consider Android a copy of the iPhone....you have to consider the iPhone stealing from the Prada since you think this way. For the record...I dont consider the iPhone stealing from anybody....both the Prada and iPhone had to be developed around the same time. The Prada just released first. LG and Apple just had the same idea and went forward. Innovation...evolution.... I know no phone can be made in months.....but capacitive touch screen? The Prada was the first phone with it. Apple added multi touch capacitive touch screen....and all the accolades go to the iPhone. Open your mind.....if you can.....

15. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Nice!Reminds me a lot of Windows Mobile 6.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; 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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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