Google reveals 2006 Android prototype phone in courtroom

first_imgYou might be familiar with the early concept Android phones that Google showed off on video back in 2007, but an earlier prototype device has come to light in the court battle between Google and Oracle. In a slide deck from 2006, Google pitched a “Google Phone” to T-Mobile, where the G1 would eventually find its home in 2008.The previously unseen phone is a portrait QWERTY device with a small landscape screen not unlike a BlackBerry. The render makes it look a little hefty, but not really unattractive. The device would have been specced low by today’s standards, but reasonably for the time. Google was looking at a 200MHz OMAP processor, 64MB of RAM/ROM, a miniSD card slot, 2MP camera, and a QVGA non-touch screen.Google was pushing Android as a moneymaker  for T-Mobile. The slides said the carrier could use Android to lure in high-spending customers that would be enamored with Google’s services on T-Mobile’s unlimited data plans. Android users, the slides claimed, would return higher average revenue per user (ARPU). At the time, T-Mobile didn’t even have its 3G network up and running, though.Google apparently already had a number of apps working on early builds of Android in 2006. It discussed the home screen, dialer, WebKit browser, SMS app, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Talk among others. It would be another year before anyone outside Google and the carriers got a look at any of that functionality.The slides revealing this little bit of mobile history make frequent reference to Java for apps, as well as Google’s now infamous Dalvik virtual machine. Oracle’s lawyers went to great lengths to point out Google’s early plans to use Java. Whatever it means for the case, it’s fascinating to get a glimpse of the phone that could have been.via The Vergelast_img

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