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First Android phone prototype…Very different.

April 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Phones

First Android.

This was the first deisgn for a Android phone.

Google‘s earliest version of Android has been awoken from the dead. Feast your eyes on what might have been Google’s first prototype Android phone.

The photo above shows a early prototype of Google’s Android phone,sporting a “Basic phone user interface”. It was shown to be on T-Mobile,
along with the idea for google to pay for peoples data costs if they brought the phone.

The screen is 160×120-pixel with 16-bit colours. It had a Qwerty keyboard, While the standard Android keys where two soft menu keys.

The Verge reports that the 2006 prototype revealed during Google’s legal fight with Oracle over Java. It had a tiny 200MHz ARMv9 processor with
64mb of RAM ad ROM. It included the now standard 3G,USB support,a 2-mega pixel camera with a dedicated shutter button. More storage was added by MiniSD instead of MicroSD.

Google had developed a new home screen and user interface. It had a different dialler, Messaging app,Address book and Web-kit based browser. The Google team were also working on apps for Google’s online services, Including Google talk and Gmail. Multimedia messaging and chat based texting was also in the works.

Google spoke to T-Mobile about the phone and a pricing plan. Google suggested offering  the phone with a unlimited data plan for 10 bucks a month. Google thought users would get through a average of 15MB data per month.

Google planned to launch the phone and Android in summer 2007,But it wasn’t. Android was launched with the T-Mobile G1 at the end of 2008.

What do you think about early Android? Would you have brought one with Google’s pricing plan?

Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

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