The HTC Dream or Google G1, which was introduced this week exactly ten years ago, is considered to be the first Android smartphone in history to hit the market. But What was there before? Probably years of work and failed prototypes, only one of which has come to light and shown itself to the world when Google collaborated with HTC to design the first device to run Android: the google used to be.
This mysterious device was used was used by Google at the time to show a preview version of Android – Version 0.5 as we saw in our full Android version history review – and as the pictures make it clear It looked more like a BlackBerry of the time than the model smartphone we all think of today. And the fact is, the arrival of the iPhone just a year after Google developed Sooner meant a sudden change in plans for the big G company that resulted in burying the phone we see in the pictures today became more competitive in order to focus on another and designed to rival the bitten apple model.
Google Sooner, the true first Android in history
The Sooner featured a small screen that took up less than half the surface area of the front of the device. He was it physical QWERTY keyboard that took up practically all of the space, including the navigation buttons that made up for the lack of a touch panel. In one The TI OMAP850 processor with 64MB of RAM was responsible for breathing life into a newborn AndroidThis has little to do with what we have on our smartphones today, but it already laid the foundation for certain aspects that would accompany the operating system in the next few years, such as widgets or the Google search bar that users could access You can query the search engine without leaving the home screen.
The Google Sooner wasn’t an entirely new device. It was an adaptation of an existing HTC model, the HTC EXCA 300.
Although this is a preliminary version, Diane Hackthorn of the Android development team pointed it out The software used in the Sooner was practically the same that would later be included in the HTC Dream. And while there wasn’t a touchscreen, the Sooner was ready to respond. Touch input in the case of mounting a panel with this property.
Indeed, the team in charge of implementing the first versions of Android will ensure that The Sooner continued to be used for development purposes even though the HTC Dream had already seen the light of dayand that the reasons the model we see in the pictures never saw the light have nothing to do with the presentation of the original iPhone in 2007.
Anyway, in not too long a time the sooner it would be forgottenand Google would focus its efforts with HTC on developing its first model to be marketed with version 1.0 of Android. From there, we all know how Android has become the most widely used mobile operating system in the world.
Pictures | Steven Troughton Smith
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