What Android Looked Like in 2007

Time TravelLet’s time travel  back to 2007, when Android was still in development. When documents about Android’s early development stages became public a few months ago The Verge scooped them up and put together this handy retrospect of what Android was going to look like back in the day.

Documents dated May of 2007 and made public during the course of Oracle’s lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android show off a number of those preliminary user interface elements, prominently marked “subject to change,” and you can see how this used to be a product focused on landscape QWERTY devices: every single screen shot is in a landscape orientation, and it’s clear to see how nearly everything could be operated with a directional pad alone. Even compared to the QWERTY prototype demoed at Mobile World Congress in early 2008, a lot had changed. (Notably, at one time, Google included a simple Notes application in Android — something it still lacks in production devices to this day.)

But the real meat and potatoes of the story are the circa 2007 prototype images of early Android features. The Verge displays screenshots for:

  • Home screen
  • Dialer
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Gmail and Email
  • Messaging
  • Web browser
  • Media player
  • Maps
  • Google talk
  • Camera and video
  • Youtube
  • Clock
  • Notes
  • Calculator
  • Settings

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