Here is what Android looked like in its early days

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.



1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

HolyGrail of Android!!!

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

3. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

How did I know i'd find you here... Android took nothing from Apple. Explode.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

reminds me of a blackberry...

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

taco and his trollies hate facts...

48. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

54. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..??..

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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' are not 'cool'

49. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you're doing very bad with 7 thumbs down.

51. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

for me thats doing good...

55. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

56. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well honestly I dont care thumbs up/down are overused and overrated as is more like a popularity contest than anything else I have the Van Damme expendibles 2 poster as my pic... request me

6. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

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

9. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Android stole whatever in its path.

45. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


14. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

18. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010 any questions? can you shut up already? also the 1983 iPhone didn't looked like the current iPhone

38. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

43. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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 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 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 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. :)

44. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

57. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Oh boy not this 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?

5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

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