So What Did The Early Stages Of Android Look Like?

The Google v. Oracle trial is turning into a bona-fide goldmine of past Android news as fresh new images originating from the courtroom show a glimpse at what Android looked like in 2007, and what could have been. This is such a far cry from the Android we know today that these shots are almost unrecognizable as a “preliminary” version of the Android platform. If you didn’t know any better and I just showed you these images, you’d think you were looking at a Blackberry themed device.

The images were marked “subject to change” and it’s clear that Google’s engineers went back to the drawing board and cooked up the Android we know today. Unfortunately, image quality is a little rough but they are definitely good enough to see what Google originally had in mind for Android. What could have been.

Hit the link for the full gallery.

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  • That’s because Google was trying to imitate an open source version of Blackberry OS. That all changed once the iPhone was introduced… 

    • Phozfate

       the beauty of the black slab! thanks apple for this form factor. logical and practical.

      I wonder what form factor phones will take on next.

      • Shark Attack

        yes lg thanks for bringing the black slab form factor before apple, and yes I iPhone but not be silly and be an iCantThink, do some research first. Oh btw I’m writing this on a Macbook as well so don’t even try to say I’m being an android fan blah blah blah.

        • Phozfate

           there was also touch screen smart phones before the iphone but noone cared about them so how much does it really count? apple made people want them. same with the slab, who cares if it existed prior if apple didn’t make people want to buy it it may not be the dominate form factor today and we could still be using BB style phones, where android was originally designed

    • JBrowne1012

      The first iPhone brought something new to the table when it first came out now today’s iPhone is just the same crap from Apple just with a fragile case and siri…

  • Its not that far from it, although I will admit I don’t have Blackberry eyes.

  • adc1031

    Ok this is off topic by far but does david get paid for running the site and is this his main job

    • JBrowne1012

      Of course he gets paid I doubt this is his only job though


      It is his site. He gets paid by the advertisers. 

  • StonersLane

    Looks more like Blackberry OS to me.


    These are screenshots from a device that was not a touch screen device, they were testing touch screen devices as well.

    • Steve Lauterbach

      No they weren’t.  Not until Apple introduced it’s iPhone did they go back to the drawing board and copy Apple did they come out with it’s first Android product.

  • Still funny how you can see small remainders in current devices. (little icons on top for ex.)

  • rwc1792

    As a Cal grad, I love how the early phases of android had links to the Berkeley website

  • Deaconclgi

    I LOVE the names on the Dialer picture. Bill Foldes (Billfold for money), April May (June July), Art Major (Finance Major), Hy Lowe (High-Low), Max Little (Maximum-Minimum), Bob Apple (Bobbing for Apples) lol! :)

  • Shadow

    Looks a lot like the Hiptop/Sidekick to me.  Not surprising, considering Andy Rubin left Danger to start Android.  I wonder how much of this is pre-Google Android.  (As an aside, it’s funny how many people forget that Google didn’t /create/ Android.  They aquired it.)